- Nine Below Zero
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
‘Don’t Point Your Finger’ 40th Anniversary Tour
UK-based Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Group celebrate acclaimed second LP’s 40th anniversary.
After the critical and public acclaim of Nine Below Zero’s Live at the Marquee (1980) debut LP, the band kept the momentum going with 1981’s Don’t Point Your Finger. Produced by Glyn Johns, it was the band’s first studio LP and featured the singles ‘Three Times Enough’, ‘Helen’ and ‘Ain’t Comin’ Back’ along with covers of Roy Head’s ‘Treat Her Right’, Howlin’ Wolf’s ‘Sugar Mama’ and Bobby Day’s ‘Rockin’ Robin’.
Nine Below Zero toured with The Who and The Kinks around the time of this LP and also appeared on The Old Grey Whistle Test, The Young Ones and The South Bank Show.
Nine Below Zero are still going strong and the band’s most recent LP Avalanche came out in 2019 to critical acclaim.
Since their formation in 1977 Nine Below Zero have developed a reputation as one of the best blues bands in the country. Their high energy live act was already well established by the time they signed to A&M Records in 1980 and was forever captured on their classic live album 1980’s Live At The Marquee. Legendary producer Glyn Johns subsequently worked with the band on 1981’s Don’t Point Your Finger and they became a familiar sight on seminal TV shows like The Old Grey Whistle Test, The South Bank Show and memorably performed ‘11+11’ on the very first episode of anarchic comedy hit The Young Ones. High profile tours with The Who and The Kinks followed and although their musicianship was reaching new heights 1982’s Third Degree was the last album released by the classic line-up.
During this hiatus Dennis formed the soul/pop outfit The Truth producing two Top 20 singles in the UK and a Top 5 R&B hit in the US whilst Mark Feltham went on to become one of the most sought after harmonica players in the session world.
The band made a triumphant return in 1990 to celebrate their 10th anniversary with an all new rhythm section consisting of Brendan O’Neill (Drums) and Gerry Mcavoy (Bass) from Rory Gallagher’s band. A sell-out UK tour with this line-up led to a new record deal with China Records and tours with the likes of Sting, Ray Davies, Brian May and an incredible 12 nights at The Royal Albert Hall with Eric Clapton.
The band later formed their own record company, Zed Records, and this creative control brought further success including 2009’s critically acclaimed album It’s Never Too Late and appearances with the likes of Gary Moore, Chuck Berry, Jools Holland and Paul Jones. Universal’s re- release of the band’s first three albums inspired the classic line-up, including Brian Bethell (Bass), to reconvene for the first time since 1982. They were welcomed with open arms by loyal fans at shows culminating in a 35th anniversary tour with The Stranglers.
2015 saw Mark and Dennis’ first release as an acoustic duo, and the band return to Glenn Tilbrook’s 45 Rpm Studios where they recorded their own versions of rare blues and soul tracks for inclusion on their album 13 Shades Of Blue. For this recording the band introduced a horn section, keyboards, violin and backing vocalists to create an exciting new big band sound.
The new line-up of Dennis Greaves (Guitar/Vocals), Mark Feltham (Harmonica/Vocals), Mickey Burkey (Drums), Ben Willis (Bass), Charlie Austen (Vocals), Andrew Noble (Keyboards), Chris Rand (Saxophone) & Paul Jordanous (Trumpet) then embarked on a 30- date tour of the UK to coincide with the release of 13 Shades Of Blue in September 2016.
Tickets for this concert are £20 in advance/£25 on the door.
Please note there are no physical tickets for this concert. When you book online your name is added to an attendee list that is used at the venue on the night of the performance.
This Grade I listed church, which dates from the mid 13th Century, overlooks the street in the centre of our village. The medieval architecture provides a spectacular backdrop to our musical events. The chancel contains an internationally famous collection of medieval brasses commemorating the de Cobham family.
The church is open daily during daylight hours and is well worth a visit in its own right together with the adjacent medieval College which was built by the de Cobham for the priests, who were appointed to say masses for the family members buried in the church.