James Hudson and Nick Waldock are The Hudson Dukes – a duo whom we welcome to the alps for the first time with open arms – and jazz hands!
They’re a versatile pair and have an extensive repertoire including; jazz, swing, rock ‘n’ roll, soul, blues and even their own vintage arrangement of up to date songs.
Professional doesn’t even begin to describe it for these musicians! They have performed at top UK venues including Ronnie Scotts, Grosvenor House, The Royal Albert Hall, Guildhall and a little place you may have heard of called ‘Buckingham Palace’..?! Internationally; Germany, Scandinavia and China have all been stamped in their musical passports. And now they can proudly add The French Alps to that collection too!
The Andy Quick Band & Andy Quick’s Flying Orchestra can be found, followed and thoroughly enjoyed on all good social media outlets as well as live gigs – but he’s in the Alps for a month long 2018 solo tour from today! You’ll want to see him, you’ll want to hear him – you’ll want to have a pint with him and tell him how much you like him and his music .
You can see Andy at all of these following venues throughout February and into March… Go on – Quick, now!
Aprés Ski Bands gives a warm welcome to Ellie, Mikey, Ryan & Tom – Signals! Expect lots of harmonies, shouty bits, pedal board antics and time travel from this female fronted math pop four piece.
Watching them perform is like witnessing a colourful window display of uniquely styled mannequins suddenly come to life and take you on a journey through their music. They’ll draw you in with their perfect harmonies, intriguing changes in key and time-signature as well as Ellie’s beautiful, lyrical story-telling. Watch the link below to their video ‘Paraesthesia’ – all will become clear.
Their influences include; Indian Lakes, Daughter, Tangled Hair, Everything Everything, This Town Needs Guns, Bon Iver, Thrice, Colour, Local Natives, Tall Ships, Manchester Orchestra, Dog Is Dead and Tubelord to name but a few.
Their four releases can also be found on the Signals Bandcamp Page – ‘Square Wheels EP’, ‘Facial Furniture EP’, ‘Sleep Talk EP’ and ‘Lungs Apart single’.
They’ll be performing a mixture of covers and original music (yessssssss!) across the Alps until the end of February 2018. Make a point of seeking them out and becoming a fan. I know I have.
Moris Pub / Val D’Isère / Monday 29th January / 23:00
Cocorico / Val D’Isère / Tuesday 30th January / 16:00
Office de Tourisme / Brides Les Bains / Wednesday 31st January / 17:00-18:30
Smithy’s / Les Deux Alpes / Wednesday 31st January / 23:00
Smithy’s / Alpe D’Huez / Thursday 1st February / 23:00
L’Eléphant / Le Praz / Friday 2nd February / 22:30
The Mardy Johnny Depps – Mark and Amy – Mr & Mrs Stoneman. Hear them once. Love them forever. You name the venue / setting / feel of the evening and they’ll deliver exactly what you need – and then some. Mark’s on vocals, acoustic guitar, ukulele and stomp box and Amy’s on vocals, lead tambourine, melodica, ukulele and bass. And there’s the occasional kazoo solo too when the mood takes…
They’re an acoustic pop & rock covers duo from t’North. Cleethorps in Grimsby to be exact – an epicentre of musical talent that the Alps are privileged to witness. The MJDs have been performing together in the UK and Europe since 2010. This versatile duo, with fantastic vocal harmonies, can provide a whole host of venues with anything from a chilled set to an all-out party. They rarely play the same set twice, putting their own stamp on songs from Nirvana to Nina Simone, the Foo Fighters to The Bee Gees. Their influences and inspirations include; Mumford & Sons, Fleetwood Mac, The Civil Wars, The Beautiful South and Bruce Springsteen, to name just a few. They promise to offer an energetic, foot-stomping time and eclectic acoustic covers are their bag.
I saw this fabulous duo performing at my first ever Méribel gig in my first season – they practically took the roof off Evolution‘s opening night – along with their ‘partners in Grim-sby’, The Wingmen (more on these lovely fellas soon!) The mighty collective I was witnessing was MAPS and in one beautiful, pitch perfect, harmonious opening chord, I realised why I was in the Alps, doing the job I was doing. I remember saying to my boss, “This is why we do all this, isn’t it?! For this moment – when it all comes together!” He knowingly smiled and nodded.
You can continue to witness the magical, musical collective, MAPS, every Wednesday at Jack’s Bar‘s extended aprés.
And you can witness the joy that is Mark and Amy – The Mardy Johnny Depps – at the following gigs throughout the next few weeks.
Go. Just go. And all of a sudden, life will make a lot of sense.
(Just make sure you check out the Facebook pages on the venues for any last minute changes due to nonsensical, crazy snowfall!)
Conor Owen is a solo artist with more than 4 seasons experience of playing the music scene in the French Alps. Inspired by some of the very best folk and singer songwriters of recent times – John Martyn, Dick Gaughan, James Taylor, The Staves and Foy Vance – Conor writes, records and tours around the U.K. and Europe throughout the rest of the year, crafting his own style of travelling folk music. His original work is written and produced under the title Ren, giving us his own brand of contemporary alternative folk. His yearning for exploration has led to years of travelling and living out of his beloved yellow van, Penelope Sunshine. ‘Ren and Pen’ have spent significant amounts of time living in France, Ireland and Holland and a lot of Conor’s early offerings reflect on these adventures.
Conor Owen can turn his vocals to suit any occasion – be it sophisticated 5* hotel lounges or raucous aprés ski bars! This guy will charm you with his mere presence and win your hearts with his warm smile, lovable personality and cheeky nature. And that’s even before he starts to play his guitar and serenade you! Treat yourself to one of the following Conor Owen gigs coming up over the next few weeks. We promise you’ll love every moment…
Le Strato / Courchevel 1850 / Tuesday 23rd January / 19:00
Yule / Val D’Isère / Wednesday 24th January / 18:30
Scottys / La Plagne / Thursday 25th January / 17:00
Flow Bar / Les Arcs / Thursday 25th January / 22:00
Portetta / Courchevel 1650 / Tuesday 30th January / 16:00
Bloc Off The Wall [BOTW] are a high-octane, pop/rock party band from the UK, fronted by the supremely talented singer-songwriter and finalist in the BBC’s The Voice UK, Adam Isaac. This season they’re back for the first part of their ’17-’18 winter tour! Their edgy twists on modern pop/rock covers, in addition to their vast experience in front of huge crowds as well as collaborating with big names such as Tom Jones, Ash and Joss Stone, guarantee the very best in premium live entertainment!
BOTWare well versed at how to make a BIG night even BIGGER! The band are no strangers to the Alps, having several winter seasons under their belts already and having played at some of the best parties the French & Swiss Resorts have to offer.
DO NOT MISS THESE GUYS! They definitely know what they’re doing. And you’re going to love it!
Sian Hayley Smith is one of the finest vocalist-guitar players on the music scene today. Our beautiful artist uses her loop pedal to create tracks live; layering up the guitar, vocals and percussion to create a bigger sound than you’d ever expect from a soloist. Every performance is created live, therefore every performance is unique.
Our enchanting young Irish lass charms and engages her audience and delivers a pitch perfect performance every time. The power behind that sweet, soulful voice will give you goose-bumps.
Sian Hayley Smith is a must-see artist of an aprés, of an evening, of a wedding, of a party… of an… anything, really. She has an impressive and diverse repertoire – from soulful chilled out sets to foot-stomping classics that get the place pumping.
Here’s a weekly line up where you can definitely catch Sian. Make sure you do. It’ll be a gig to remember.
Not only is Chris Quinn an extremely talented musician who has been touring worldwide for well over a decade, he’s a highly regarded solo artist. Maverick, one of Britain’s leading music magazines called him “A Master of the Acoustic Guitar and a Quality Songwriter“. Chris also happens to be a really lovely chap who enjoys a chat over a good cup of coffee. We welcome him with open arms to the Aprés Ski Bands family for the first time this winter season.
Heavily influenced by British folk and American roots music, the Shrewsbury based singer songwriter covers a huge range within each gig; quality modern and classic music, authentic interpretations of traditional and contemporary Celtic and British folk songs, high speed bluegrass flatpicking, style delta blues, gypsy jazz, swinging jazz songs and instrumental solo guitar pieces. Not sure of what any of this sounds like? Go and see one of Chris Quinn’s gigs and all will become beautifully clear!
Le Comptoir is one hell of a place for food, drink and a dance – on or off the tables! Every Wednesday, one of our fabulous groups from Aprés Ski Bands will be rocking the party at this fantastic venue. Down your skis and boards and ride the high energy music that will be flowing your way. Stef and his team will give you a warm welcome and a guaranteed great night out. So grab your buddies and let’s get this Wednesday night party started!
03.01.18 / 22:30 /45s – 3 piece kings of rock n roll! Their stage presence is enormous and there is no doubt that your sweat drenched shirt at the end of the gig is testament to their slamming performance.
10.01.18 / 22:30 / Bloc Off The Wall – A dedicated band of beautiful party makers covering a wide range of musical genres and styles. Guaranteed hits galore!
17.01.18 / 22:30 / Bloc Off The Wall
24.01.18 / 22:30 / Casio – The new boys on the block, with stunning guitar and keys solos!
31.01.18 / 22:30 / Monstaball – Big power chords, crazy antics and rock in it’s truest form! They ARE the party!
07.02.18 / 22:30 / Casio
14.02.18 / 22:30 / Signals – A female fronted math pop four-piece. Expect lots of harmonies, shouty bits, pedal board antics, and time travel. In the Alps for a limited time only – don’t miss them!
21.02.18 / 22:30 / Casio
28.02.18 / 22:30 / Signals
07.03.18 / 22:30 / 45s
21.03.18 / 22:30 / Bloc Off The Wall
28.03.18 / 22:30 / Casio
04.04.18 / 22:30 / Blazin’ Strings – Lock up your daughters! This up-beat young party trio will take the roof off with their big sound!