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Stone Mountain Sinners with Zenne

Country Music at The Civic

Event Date(s)

November 3rd 2018

Country Music at The Civic

SHOW: 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

TICKETS: £10 Adult, £8 Cons, £5 Under 16s

When Neil Ivison’s first band (the Janice Long championed Misers) imploded, he soon found his way back out on the road working as a touring guitar tech with The 1975 & Wolf Alice among others. Meanwhile, Sarah Warren’s eponymously named band were also about to call time on 10 years of hard gigging through the UK and & Europe. 

During a rare day off from an intensive US tour schedule, in a hotel room in the Californian desert, beside the 29 Palms Highway and less than 2 miles from the infamous Joshua Tree Motel (where 42 years previously, Gram Parsons had met his untimely end), Neil, finally admitting that his passion for writing songs and playing his own gigs had become eroded, took the decision to finish the current tour and return to the UK to work on new music, inspired by the regular jaunts to the southern States of the US. 

Neil: “That same afternoon, I was aimlessly browsing social media and noticed Sarah had written a post announcing the end of The Sarah Warren Band. Having been a fan of her incredible voice ever since I first heard it, I immediately dashed off a quick email to see if she’d be interested in working on something new together”. 

Luckily, Sarah’s mutual appreciation for Neil’s work with The Misers meant that she was more than eager to see what could come out of collaborating together but not before she had grabbed her musical cohort and die-hard Americana fan Nick Lyndon. 

The 3 got together over several months in the autumn of 2016 to kick around some ideas with Nick & Neil forming a prolific song writing partnership, giving birth to 12 new tracks in the first 2 weeks alone, as well as revisiting some old songs that were rejuvenated with new & dynamic male/female vocal arrangements. 

Sarah: “What was immediately striking was that our voices complimented each other so well, we both have strong vocals but we each have our own tonality so it’s not like we are battling each other for space in a song. It also helps that we are very much all into the same music: Credence, Bob Seger, Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, The Black Crowes, Humble Pie, Status Quo and, of course, The Stones”. 

Once the songs started to take shape the trio dug out their address books, made a few calls and were soon bolstered by Roger Roberts on Hammond/Piano/Vocals, Adam Hood on Bass and former RedBeards sticks man Duke Delight on Drums and began rehearsing in earnest. The band then booked a few ‘warm up gigs’ to try out the new material which sold out on the basis of the pedigree of the musicians involved in record time. Word also reached legendary rocker Robert Plant who pitched up to watch the bands second gig after having sung a duet with Sarah only a few weeks previously. ​

With the songs road tested and itching to keep things moving, the band have recently been to the legendary Rockfield Studios in Monmouth with producer Paul Cobbold (The Waterboys, Pogues, Hawkwind) to record their much anticipated, debut E.P. 

"Total Awesomeness - Watch Out World!" BBC Introducing

"One minute, summoning the ghost of Janis Joplin, the next channelling Paul Rodgers and the dusty Americana of Jason Isbell " Rhythm & Booze

"Worth hitching on to for the Inevitable, Scorching ride!" SLAP Magazine

"Their debut gig gathered such a crowd, people were queuing outside trying to see the band though the windows. The room felt like a congregation on Sunday morning, people singing with their eyes closed, even if they did not know the lyrics" Vanadian Avenue Blog

"Stone Mountain Sinners took London's Borderline by storm, Ivison and Warren held nothing back, the chemistry between them is electric!!" Building Our Own Nashville

Zenne (Supporting)

Multi Award Winner Zenne is ranked as one of the Top Female Country Music Performers in the UK, based in the northeast of England. A Powerful Voice and Gutsy Style as well as being an Accomplished Guitarist with the ability to Perform in a more Laid-back Acoustic style. Zenne is proving to be a Hit on the country scene throughout the UK. Zenne's Passion for music clearly shows in her performance, retaining the Traditional Essence and True Feel of Country Music which is important to Zenne. She captures this beautifully within her Own Compositions. Zenne is a Huge Asset to British Country Music.