Originals – Let the music take you away…

You’ve seen them rock an après in your chosen ski resort. You may have been lucky enough to catch some of their original music over dinner at La Taverne’s monthly Original’s Night in the heart of Méribel this 19-20 winter season. You also may have got tickets for one of the legendary Piste Bash Festival Original Nights that have graced the festival for the past three years in a row. Well now’s your opportunity to personally own the music, penned and recorded by the talented artists who we are so privilege to work with at Après Ski Bands.

Having worked along side so many talented musicians in my job and having key friends and family members who live, eat and breathe music professionally, I can safely say that musicians don’t choose this profession – this profession chooses them. For a select few, the cover gigs feed the habit of writing, recording, producing and promoting their own work.

Try living without; reading, TV, films, video games, museums and theatres. Try removing all forms of music from every day life, such as in restaurants, bars, shops, on adverts, in films. Live without the radio, audio books, podcasts or music on a commute. After one month, I’m sure you’d be interested to see how that individual survived! One thing’s for sure, the world would be a very quiet place indeed. Even quieter than a COVID-19 lockdown, should you dare to imagine that!

So now’s the time to reflect upon what we have and how it enriches every moment of our waking lives. All of those songs you know and love, played week in, week out at après gigs, weddings, parties and celebrations, are someone’s originally penned music. Many of those cover artists are part of that originals club themselves – they live to write and record. So here’s your opportunity to support and celebrate their art. Especially during these tough times in lockdown when work is sparse but time is definitely on our side! Have a look through and a listen to those artists you know, from après past and present and see who you’re going to follow, support and celebrate the original work of. Santé!

 Albert Jones

After releasing his debut Album ‘Come Alive’ last year, Albert has toured the UK with his band 4 times, played countless festivals and dipped his toe into the European touring scene. The album has been supported by BBC Radio 2 (Dermot O’Leary), BBC 6 Music (Tom Robinson) and received countless plays on local radio across the UK, no mean feat for a fully independent artist.

“The velvet tones of Albert Jones” — Tom Robinson BBC 6 Music

Recent support slots for superb acts like Seth Lakeman and Scott Matthews have further bolstered his live reputation. While his origins lie in folk and acoustic music, the sound has gradually evolved. Albert is a performer who most strongly refuses to be defined by a genre, leaping from one spot to another stylistically, all the while following his increasingly prolific muse.

Expect finger style guitar playing in the vein of Lindsay Buckingham, songwriting laced with catchy hooks, and a strong clear voice delivering the lyrical goods.

“hushed vocals and lazy, twinkling guitar lines weave together to create a little capsule of happiness.” — Max Pilley — Fresh On The Net

Follow Albert Jones – albertjones.co.uk //  Facebook  //  SoundCloud  //  Twitter

Buy Albert Jones’ Music – https://albertjones.bandcamp.com

 

Chris Quinn

“Across the divide, the debut album from Chris Quinn, is the kind of quality release that should propel him to the forefront of the new generation of musicians currently performing on the folk music scene” ACOUSTIC Magazine
Chris Quinn, the UK based singer songwriter and acoustic guitarist has been receiving glowing reviews in the music press for his own debut solo release “Across The Divide”. Maverick Magazine named him “A Master of the Acoustic Guitar and a quality songwriter”, Mark Radcliffe has been playing tracks from the album on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show.

Over the past decade Chris Quinn has become increasingly known within the acoustic music world as an exceptional guitarist, a respected songwriter and a consummate live performer. His technical approach to many styles of “roots” based music including delta blues, gypsy jazz, folk, bluegrass, swing and country has lead to collaborations, both live and in the studio; with some of the most celebrated guitarists in the world.

When not touring his own well honed solo show performing original songs, telling humorous tales from his time on the road alongside a range of delta blues, swing guitar, bluegrass and folk music he’s increasingly seen playing alongside guitar heavyweights like Robin Nolan, Stochelo Rosenberg, Clive Carroll and Paulus Schäfer.

Highlights include headlining the 2019 Brecon Jazz Festival wth Stochelo and Mozes Rosenberg, performing at London’s Royal Albert Hall with the Robin Nolan Trio for Jazz FM, a solo set at BB Kings blues club in New York and radio plays on Mark Radcliffe’s BBC Radio 2 folk show for his latest album release. He also had a couple of stints as the opening act for the Jools Holland Orchestra.

Follow – https://www.chrisquinnmusic.com  //  Facebook

Buy – https://www.chrisquinnmusic.com/shop

Guitar Lessons & Music Retreats – https://www.chrisquinnmusic.com/koumkini-2019   https://www.chrisquinnmusic.com/learn

 

CoCo and the Butterfields 

“A gentle and exquisite piece that tells a story of promises. With Tom Twyman’s insightful lyrics accompanied with Dulcima Showan’s captivating vocals, alongside gliding guitars, beautiful harmonies, and an inspirational chorus it uplifts every person that encounters it.” – Neon Music

Colourful, energetic & crowd-stamping, CoCo and the Butterfields express the intimate vibrance of a village folk fair with powerful vocal melodies to deliver catchy songs resonating in a stadium-filling urban pop vibe. In recent years CoCo have literally lived in their recording studio, taking the time to create a collection of songs that offer an honest and intriguing insight into their lives both together and personally.

Follow – Spotify  //  Instagram  //  YouTube //  Facebook

Buy –  iTunes  ///  Deezer

 

Gallie

After the release of the critically acclaimed album ‘The Occoquan River’ 2015, Gallie has been going from strength to strength, playing festivals and selling out shows in his adopted town of Melbourne and up & down the east & west coasts of Australia.
He returned home to tour Ireland in early 2018 where his album received some amazing reviews from the Irish music press. Three songs from the album made it onto the RTE national playlist where they stayed for a number of weeks.

In November 2018 Gallie toured Brazil as well as headlining the folk stage at the ‘Mississippi Delta Blues Festival’ in Caxais Do Sol in Southern Brazil. (One of Gallie’s videos went mini viral down there last year getting over 40,000 views in one week). Gallie relocating to France where he will be based for the first half of 2019 while touring and playing festivals throughout Europe, including Ireland, England, France, Scandinavia and Germany.
He returns to Australia mid winter, with tours planned for the east and west coast as well as all the major cities.

On new EP released in 2019, ‘This Side Of The River’

“There is a walk I used to take in Dublin, from Amiens St station up to Henry St, towards Mary st, across the Ha’penny bridge through Merchants arch and onto the Southside of the city. Dublin is a city of contrasts. It is a beautiful old city, full of music and poetry, art and rebels, junkies and thieves, violence and crime and the rain, and that walk has it all, the full spectrum, having to keep your guard up, keeping an eye over your shoulder, listening to music coming out of every pub, then everything changes you walk through Merchants arch and people’s clothes seem to fit better, their shoes are not so worn, all of a sudden you start to feel more relaxed, not so on edge, you can let your guard down (just a little). It’s that walk that inspired this song. Thinking about my family, where I grew up, what we had to do to get what we needed, it was a lot different to what some of the folks in different parts of the city had to do.”……..Gallie

Follow – https://gallie.com.au/store  //  https://gallie.com.au/live-videos  //  Facebook

Buy – https://gallie.com.au/store

 

 

The Jazz Defenders 

Feat. George Cooper, keys player extraordinaire from Alps legends, Bloc Off The Wall.

The Jazz Defenders are a group born out of a deep love for Blue Note Jazz, drawing on a wealth of inspiration to craft their own raw and vibrant compositions. George Cooper is one of the UK’s most formidable Jazz pianists, who at only 31 years old has already amassed a comprehensive repertoire of working partnerships including Hans Zimmer, Nigel Kennedy and U2. 

Follow – thejazzdefenders.com // Instagram // Facebook

Buy ‘Scheming’ by The Jazz Defenders – https://thejazzdefenders.bandcamp.com/releases

 

 

Jeremy Johnson

British singer-songwriter Jeremy Johnson combines poetic lyricism, sonorous vocals and accomplished guitar melodies in poignant, intricately constructed music.  The songs Jeremy performs tell of hard-won life experience, existential philosophy and adventures of the heart, born from travels to all corners of our planet.

2018 saw the official launch of Jeremy as an independent and self funded musician, later that year dedicating 12 months to his debut studio album project ‘Insecuriosity’ working alongside Suffolk based producer Simon Britcliffe (Once Upon a Dead Man, Union Sound Set), recorded at Decoy Studios (Bloc Party, Florence and the Machine) and OLD JET Arts Centre, and featuring drummer James Brown (Hannie), violinist Eliza Burkitt, Taylor Moulton on trumpet and Dutch vocalist Marije De Vries (Wonder).

Jeremy’s story into music is one of philosophy, reflection and adventure, themes that can be heard in the songs he writes and the shows he performs. Fascination for this incredible planet and this wonderful and challenging life lie at the heart of this perpetual nomad and his creativity.

Follow – jeremyjohnson.co.uk //  Instagram  //  Facebook

Buy – https://www.jeremyjohnson.co.uk/shop/

 

 

Luke Burgess 

Luke has been playing guitar since the age of 9 and fell in love with R&B and soul music thanks to his family. Since then his influences have developed into a taste for all things driven by a strong vocal and a catchy hook. He’s now an international acoustic musician playing soulful music, suited for all genres for all ages.
His original songs are influenced by artists like City & Colour, Ed Sheeran, Bon Iver and James Vincent McMorrow.

Buy – https://lukeburgess.bandcamp.com   ///   https://music.apple.com/us/artist/luke-burgess/825113604

Ren Lawton (aka Conor Owen)

Ren is quickly building a reputation for writing masterful songs with musical substance. Born in to London’s East End with Irish and Liverpudlian parents but now calling Newcastle home, it’s fair to say that his songwriting has been forged in hard working communities where story telling is an art form.

Ren’s 2017 debut release ‘A Calling From The Shore’ reflects upon an adventurous and searching period of time living out of his van around the UK and Europe. It’s clear to see that audiences have really connected with Ren’s yearning for exploration as ‘A Calling From The Shore’ has received 1 million streams on spotify since its release as well as having being played on top regional and national radio stations including Amazing Radio and BBC Radio 6music.

2019 has seen the release of ‘Blue Honuds’, a protest song in the classic mold, and ‘Spencer Street’ a nostalgic reflection of a past relationship. Continuing focus on the Spencer Street single ahead of further new studio material through 2019, Ren releases a bootleg version of Spencer Street live at the iconic Barrel House venue – capturing Ren’s deft ability to strip down full arrangements & deliver a different and engaging take on them. Recently supported Sam Fender, Westerman and Old Sea Brigade. Coverage from Clash, Indie London, Belwood Music Blog, Thank Folk For That, Music Injection, BBC Radio Bristol, 6music and Amazing Radio.

‘Slow, sparse and gorgeous’ Tom Robinson BBC Radio 6 (referring to ‘Late Night Drive’ track 4)

‘Some songwriters don’t just sing, they bleed the words’ – Ray Jones, Time Out Live

‘He is an excellent guitarist who knows how to write great songs, while also being a very listenable artist that will win many new fans with his easygoing tracks.’ – Listen Here Reviews

Follow – https://www.renlawton.com //  SoundCloud  //  Instagram

Buy – Spotify    ///  https://www.renlawton.com

 

Paddy James

London based singer/songwriter Paddy James makes indie rock, pop and folk recounting the mischief and melancholy of everyday life. Born in the British Midlands at the latter end of the 80’s, he picked up the guitar during his mid-teens after having been frustrated at not being able to play the ones his dad so often left strewn about the house. He began penning songs as soon as he could string together a few chords. Having always sang it didn’t take long to marry the two together. Whilst at University in South Wales he garnered a reputation through his impressive live shows and as a result landed support slots with the likes of Ed Sheeran and the Hoosiers.

In November 2016, James self-released his debut four track EP, Lost Boy on his own SOAC Records label which hit the top 5 in the iTunes singer/songwriter chart following a packed out launch at the Water Rats in Kings Cross.

Since then he has teamed up with Isle of White production duo Boe Weaver who have helped bring to life a string of releases which have now amassed a modest 60k streams online. His 2019 sell out London gig has brought him a wider and more dedicated fan-base than ever, with his latest releases, ‘Love Lost’ , ‘Perfectly Flawed’ and ‘Mr Alcohol’ gaining Europe-wide recognition.

Follow – www.paddyjames.com // Facebook  // Instagram  //  Spotify  //  YouTube

Buy –  https://www.deezer.com/en/track/651558832?autoplay=true   ///    https://paddyjames.bandcamp.com/releases

 

 

The Soul Motivators

The Soul Motivators are a 9-piece, 3 horn deep funk explosion, with a rough, tough, and soulful flair that motivates people straight to the dance floor.

Finding the right groove means digging deep. With a love of vintage soul and funk, The Soul Motivators have mined their musicality to bring you a fresh revival of a retro sound.

Featuring numerous veterans of Toronto’s thriving underground Funk scene and known for turning out some of the most energetic live funk performances witnessed in the city in recent years, The Soul Motivators have performed annually at Toronto’s famous NuJazz Festival, NXNE, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, and Toronto Beaches International Jazz Festival. They have also had frequent radio airplay on CBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, Radio 6’s The Craig Charles Funk n Soul Show and CIUT FM. They’ve have performed at the Opera House opening for Lee Fields.

Follow  –  YouTube //  Instagram  //  Facebook   //  Spotify  //  Twitter

Buy  –  https://soulmotivators.bandcamp.com   ///   https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/the-soul-motivators/642057403

 

 

What’s On in The Lockdown Sessions – 30/03/20

 The Lockdown Sessions!

A What’s On guide for your musical fix whilst we’re on lockdown… and it’s all just a few clicks away!

 

 

 

Monday 30th March 

Mardy Johnny Depps14h – Live from their home 

Fernando Fher Costa 17h – Live après via Jack’s, Méribel

CoCo and the Butterfields20h GMT – filmed live at CoCo HQ!

 

 

Tuesday 31st March

Something for the kids! Every Tuesday & Friday Robbie from The Cash Cows 10:30 GMT (11:30 French time!) – ‘Mr Robbie Live and in your Living Room’

Mardy Johnny Depps 17h – Live apres via Jack’s, Méribel

Jeremy Johnson17h – ‘Quaranstream’ live from VT

CoCo and the Butterfields20h GMT – filmed live at CoCo HQ!

 

 

Wednesday 25th March

Mardy Johnny Depps14h – Live from their home 

DJ Kommissar every Wednesday15h-17h – Live DJ sessions – Hip Hop, Funk, Reggae

Jeremy Johnson – 17h – Live apres via Jack’s, Méribel

CoCo and the Butterfields20h GMT – filmed live at CoCo HQ!

 

 

Thursday 26th March

Mardy Johnny Depps14h – Live from their home 

Jimmy B from Pink Miami17h – Live apres via Jack’s, Méribel

CoCo and the Butterfields20h GMT – filmed live at CoCo HQ!

 

 

Friday 27th March 

Something for the kids! Every Tuesday & Friday Robbie from The Cash Cows10:30 GMT // 11:30 French time – ‘Mr Robbie Live and in your Living Room’

Mardy Johnny Depps14h – Live from their home 

The Wingmen 18h – Live apres via Jack’s, Méribel

DJ Kaya19h-21h – Live DJ set feat House & DnB

CoCo and the Butterfields20h GMT – filmed live at CoCo HQ!

 

 

Saturday 28th March

LDV, Méribel Village’s Stay At Home Festival – 14h – 17h LDV TV – Music, Comedy, Poetry, DJs – It’s all happening!

Hobo Chic –  17h – Live après via Jack’s, Méribel

Bass Station Europe & NZ every Saturday 20h-22h – Live steam DJ sessions – House, Garage, DnB

 

Sunday 29th March

Ben Vickers17h – Live après via Jack’s, Méribel

Christina Rogers (The Trends)Every Sunday  – 18h30 – 19h30 GMT – Live from her home!

Ze Funkin’ English – 19h-21h – Live DJ set. Listen to this, it’ll blow your socks off!

DJ Kaya21h-23h – Live ‘Doron Pub’ DJ set feat. Disco, Party & Dance Anthems 

 

Ready to learn something new..? 

If you loved the gypsy jazz, blues and plentiful plethora of styles Chris Quinn brought to your aprés or evening gig this season, you now have the opportunity to have FREE online guitar lessons with the man himself. Just follow this link!

 

For your daily delectation and delight…

KAYA – Soundclash 2020 mix from Méribel’s very own DJ Kaya.

 

 

 

Ezmarelda – Catch up on these little bits of DnB loveliness! – Soundclash 2020 Mix // SubSessions (photo c/o The Wardette Studio)

 

Aliami Radio – funky fresh beats and mixes from our very own Ali Wright (Tchaï & Ali and The Al Jones Band)

 

 

A Deep House track-a-day from Bubble+Crisp‘s Grant, on his Jamsolation SoundCloud page

 

 

 

Missed it? No need to miss out on the past week’s entertainment… 

Christina Rogers (The Trends)Live from her home on Sunday 29th March

Sian Hayley Smith live from her home on Friday 27th March

Andy QuickLive from his home on March 26th

Steph Willis live from her living room on March 25th

Jack’s Après Daily – 17h – Live après via Jack’s, Méribel

 

 

 

“It’s times like these you learn to live again
It’s times like these you give and give again
It’s times like these you learn to love again
It’s times like these time and time again”

Dave Grohl

 

What’s On this week? 24/03/20

The Lockdown Sessions!

 

A What’s On guide for your musical fix whilst we’re on lockdown… and it’s all just a few clicks away!

 

 

 

Tuesday 24th March 

Something for the kids! Every Tuesday & Friday Robbie from The Cash Cows 10:30 GMT (11:30 French time!) – ‘Mr Robbie Live and in your Living Room’

Jeremy Johnson17h – ‘Quaranstream’ live from VT

 

 

Wednesday 25th March

Mardy Johnny Depps17h – Live après via Jack’s, Méribel

DJ Kommissar every Wednesday15h-17h – Live DJ sessions – Hip Hop, Funk, Reggae

 

 

Thursday 26th March

Luke Robinson15h GMT / 16h French time! – Live from his UK home!

Freddy Fingers17h – Live après via Jack’s, Méribel

 

Friday 27th March 

Something for the kids! Every Tuesday & Friday Robbie from The Cash Cows 10:30 GMT // 11:30 French time – ‘Mr Robbie Live and in your Living Room’

Sian Hayley Smith 16h – live from home!

Paddy James – 17h – Live après via Jack’s, Méribel

DJ Kaya19h-21h – Live DJ set feat House & DnB

 

 

Saturday 28th March

Fernando Fher Costa17h – Live on Instagram  – Nos Todo Mundo ‘We are Everybody’ – Festival

Sian Hayley Smith 17h – Live après via Jack’s, Méribel

Al Jones  – 17h30 – Live on Instagram  – Nos Todo Mundo ‘We are Everybody’ – Festival

Bass Station Europe & NZ every Saturday 20h-22h – Live steam DJ sessions – House, Garage, DnB

 

Sunday 29th March

Ben Vickers – 17h – Live après via Jack’s, Méribel

Ze Funkin’ English – 19h-21h – Live DJ set. Listen to this, it’ll blow your socks off!

DJ Kaya21h-23h – Live ‘Doron Pub’ DJ set feat. Disco, Party & Dance Anthems 

 

One for your diary!

Saturday 4th April – 14h-17h – Lodge du Village, Méribel Village presents the Stay At Home Festival!  Featuring Live Music, Comedy & Very Special Guests..!

 

Ready to learn something new..? 

If you loved the gypsy jazz, blues and plentiful plethora of styles Chris Quinn brought to your aprés or evening gig this season, you now have the opportunity to have FREE online guitar lessons with the man himself. Just follow this link!

 

For your daily delectation and delight…

KAYA – Soundclash 2020 mix from Méribel’s very own DJ Kaya.

 

 

 

Aliami Radio – funky fresh beats and mixes from our very own Ali Wright (Tchaï & Ali and The Al Jones Band)

 

 

A Deep House track-a-day from Bubble+Crisp‘s Grant, on his Jamsolation SoundCloud page

 

 

 

Missed it? No need to miss out on the past week’s entertainment… 

CoCo and the ButterfieldsCatch up on all of their gigs this week, filmed live at CoCo HQ!

The Mardy Johnny Deppslive from their living room on March 24th 

Hobo Chic – live via Jack’s on March 24th

Al Jones – live via Jack’s on March 23rd

Jimmy B from Pink Miami – live via Jack’s on March 22nd

EzmareldaB2B UAMI Sound, ‘Subsessions’ streamed live from her home on March 22nd

Sian Hayley Smith – live via Jack’s on March 21st 

Steph Willis live from her living room on March 20th

The Wingmen live via Jack’s on March 20th 

Sian Hayley Smith live from her home on March 18th

 

“It’s times like these you learn to live again
It’s times like these you give and give again
It’s times like these you learn to love again
It’s times like these time and time again”

Dave Grohl

 

In times of adversity, talent will always shine through.

Soooooo, here we all are! On lock down in the French Alps, our beautiful winter ski season now very much behind us. And it was going pretty darn well until Saturday’s resort closures hit our region – and so many of us personally.

Restaurants, bars and music venues were directed to close, gigs were cancelled, artists had to leave resort – some without being able to say a proper goodbye to friends and members of their musical family. It was – and remains – a tough and uncertain time for everyone.

However, all is not as quiet on the après front as you may have initially thought… During times like these, the determination and splendour of creative, talented minds will always shine through. Plus, those born to perform will always find a way of doing so. It’s in their genetic make-up. Not even one week into lockdown and many musicians are still performing – just as they intended to each après! Only this time, its from the comfort and confinement of their own home. With the internet and therefore, the wider world at our fingertips, connection, performance and self development is at the forefront of daily life, more than ever!

So here’s a current line up of entertainment for you to enjoy! We’ll be adding to it as events occur but for now here’s a What’s On Guide to what we are affectionately calling

The Lockdown Sessions 

and it’s all just a few clicks away…

Were you an avid follower of the marvellous Mardy Johnny Depps this winter? Still need your regular hit of this delectable duo? Catch their home-based gigs, with a Jack’s après too! Past and present performances from their abode in the Alps. Just click here and follow the link!

 

How about The Wingmen? Did you après like it was 1999 each week with this fab four? See their live Jack’s après at 18h on Friday 20th March 2020. We have a feeling this won’t be their last gig of the quarantine season!

 

Did Sian Hayley Smith‘s musical presence of voice, guitar and loop peddle grace you during your winter break? Click here to enjoy Sian’s recent live video with both original and cover music! Her Jack’s après on Saturday 21st March is not to be missed!

 

If you loved the gypsy jazz, blues and plentiful plethora of styles Chris Quinn brought to your aprés or evening gig this season, you now have the opportunity to have FREE online guitar lessons with the man himself. Just follow this link!

 

Ready to rave in your own front room? Then get some of this in your life – Grant from Bubble+Crisp is creating a Deep House track-a-day on his Jamsolation SoundCloud page

 

Winter touring artist, Steph Willis is performing for us, live from her home. Catch her first gig on Friday 20th March – but this defiantly won’t be her last! Enjoy Steph Willis live, via this link.

 

Itialian-Brazilian legend, Fernando from Les Lunettes is performing in and sharing a “We Everybody” live Instagram Brazil festival, starting Saturday 21st March. Featuring Méribel legends and original music maestros,  Al Jones & Gallie.

 

In the zone for some funky fresh beats? Aliami Radio from our very own Ali Wright (Tchaï & Ali and The Al Jones Band) will keep you in a funky podcast zone from morning til night. And there are plenty of episodes to catch up on! Turn on, tune in and channel Bootsy Collins.

 

We’re living through this for the wellness of our loved ones, for the wellness of our neighbours – far and wide, known and unknown to us. We have to be thankful to the human spirit, for the amazing support that is shown and shared in such difficult and bizarre times. But we must be optimistic. We must be half full. Find whatever positives you can. Because, if you don’t, as my dear old, UK-based, self quarantined dad would say, “You might as well go and eat worms.”

Don’t eat worms. Eat up and live the creative opportunities that are there for the taking. There are some musical silver linings that deserve to be noticed and heard.

“It’s times like these you learn to live again
It’s times like these you give and give again
It’s times like these you learn to love again
It’s times like these time and time again”

Dave Grohl

 

The Trends are back to gig, party and conquer!

Trend: noun – a general direction in which something is developing / changing or in the way that people are behaving.

We’re here to tell you – right here, right now – with The Trends in your life, your après is guaranteed to take one specific direction – onwards and upwards! I mean, your behaviour may go a little downhill, but that’ll only be due to the amount of FUN you’re having!!! This is a band who who couldn’t wait to get back out to the Alps for tour part deux because they know exactly what this snowy playground has to offer. Last season saw them grab every opportunity to make a name for themselves in these here mountains. They gigged, they partied – they conquered! And with their greatness proceeding them, each and every venue we pitched them to said a very firm YES to booking them in this season. Why? Because The Trends own the essence of what it is that makes a great party band. You’ve got a solid and particularly ace rhythm section from Phil. There’s Tom’s working between the bass and keys to give that extra magical oomph to each track. Alex’s ridiculously expert guitar skills run through each song, smashing the solo every time. (We miss you Gareth! But thanks for the lend, UpTones..!) And then – Christina. Wow! Christina. She runs the show, belting out a track one minute, bringing light and shade to the next, keeping the pace and energy alive. She’ll sing, making you feel like each gig is being performed especially for you. She’ll even give a shout out to the drink specials on the bar and encourage geneppi shots to be sunk in the true feeling of an alpine après! And all of that with some crazy beautiful sax solos thrown in! Ye gods – what woman! ‘She gods’, if you will! And indeed, Cristina is.

These are very exciting times indeed. March madness is about to hit resorts, with festivals galore and even more fun times ahead on and off the slopes. It’s all pretty mega, really! So what better way to celebrate than to throw The Trends into the mix?! Santé, party people!

Check out where you’ll be Trending this March & April…

Venue Resort Day / Jour Date Time
Cocorico Tignes Dimanche 01-Mar 16:00
La Taïga La Tania Dimanche 01-Mar 22:00
Rond Point Méribel Lundi 02-Mar 16:00-17:30
Scotty’s La Plagne Mardi 03-Mar 22:30
Cocorico Tignes Mercredi 04-Mar 16:00
Cocorico Val D’Isére Jeudi 05-Mar 16:00
Funky Fox Courchevel 1650 Jeudi 05-Mar 23:00
Cocorico Val D’Isére Vendredi 06-Mar 16:00
Cocorico Val D’Isére Samedi 07-Mar 16:00
Cocorico Tignes Lundi 09-Mar 16:00
Ski Lodge La Tania Mardi 10-Mar 22:00
Smithy’s Les Deux Alpes Mercredi 11-Mar 22:30
Cocorico Tignes Jeudi 12-Mar 16:00
Cocorico Val D’Isére  Samedi 14-Mar 16:00
La Terrasse Chamonix Samedi 14-Mar 22:00
Scotty’s La Plagne Mardi 17-Mar 22:30
Scotty’s La Plagne Mercredi 18-Mar 17:00
Doron Méribel Mercredi 18-Mar 23:00
Cocorico Tignes Jeudi 19-Mar 16:00
Cocorico Tignes Vendredi 20-Mar 16:00
Tsaretta Les Allues Vendredi 20-Mar 22:30
Cocorico Val D’Isére Samedi 21-Mar 16:00
Funky Fox Courchevel 1650 Dimanche 22-Mar 23:00
Le Rastro Mottaret Mardi 24-Mar 16:00
Ski Lodge La Tania Mardi 24-Mar 22:00
Scotty’s La Plagne Mercredi 25-Mar 17:00
Comptoir La Rosière  Mercredi 25-Mar 22:30
Smithy’s Alpe D’Huez Jeudi 26-Mar 22:30
Cocorico Val D’Isére Vendredi 27-Mar 16:00
Cocorico Val D’Isére Samedi 28-Mar 16:00
Elephant Le Praz Mardi 31-Mar 22:30
Smithys Les Deux Alpes Mercredi 01-Apr 22:30
Cocorico Val D’Isére Jeudi 02-Apr 16:00
Funky Fox Courchevel 1650 Jeudi 02-Apr 23:00
Le Rastro Mottaret  Mardi 07-Apr 16:00
Ski Lodge La Tania Mardi 07-Apr 22:00
Scotty’s La Plagne Mercredi 08-Apr 17:00
Cocorico Tignes  Jeudi 09-Apr 16:00
Frog & Roast Beef Val Thorens Jeudi 09-Apr 23:00
Cocorico Tignes Vendredi 10-Apr 16:00
Tsaretta Les Allues Vendredi 10-Apr 22:30

*Gigs may be subject to change! Please check with the venue before planning to party!

IT’S CASH COWS ‘O’ CLOCK!!!

So?! Are you ready? Are you ready to sing, dance, laugh and be entertained by a duo that’ll take you to music heaven and back with versions of songs that leave you singing along, dancing along and laughing along with them and their fantastic sense of humour? Then you need The Cash Cows in your life.

Robbie & Brendan have been gigging their best in wedding party, hotel lounge and bars for the past 16 years. 16!!!

I first saw them in a swanky London bar, waaaaay back in the summer of 2019. Having witnessed the variety of international clientele who were mesmerised by these guys and their delivery of the most eclectic set list, I immediately knew that  The Cash Cows were Alps-ready. Throw in several months on deciding ideal dates, promoting their magic, becoming a father (congrats again, Robbie!) booking in gigs with our lovely venues, deciding which car to drive to France, finding a different car to drive to France on the morning they were due to drive to France and voilà! A tour was born. (It was all quite simple, really!) And boy, have they started as they mean to go on! Not only have they already smashed the hotel and après bar scene with rave reviews, The Cash Cows’ last minute step in for an ill Fernando Fher Costa saw them unite with Les luscious Lunettes at the infamous Cocorico in Val d’Isére – and according to their live Instagram story that day, the gig went off! Check it out for yourselves…

YES PLEASE – I DO INDEED WANT TO SEE THE CASH COWS ROCK COCORICO VDI WITH MY VERY OWN EYES

So, get yourselves down to a gig ASAP while the guys are still in the Alps. And do say “Hi” to The Cash Cows as they’re very lovely indeed. And get a badge. And sing, and dance and moooooooooooooove (sorry, couldn’t resist) to one of the most fun and talented duos you could wish to meet.  It just might be one of the best things you do this winter.

 

 

Check out The Cash Cows in a resort near you!

Allodis Meribel Wednesday / Mercredi 26-Feb Eve 19:30
Marmot Arms Tignes Thursday / Jeudi 27-Feb Apres 16:30
Hotel Diva – Tom Crean’s Tignes Thursday / Jeudi 27-Feb Eve 21:00
La Mine La Plagne Friday / Vendredi 28-Feb Apres 17:00
Hotel Le Strato Courchevel 1850 Saturday / Samedi 29-Feb Apres 19:00
Fahrenheit 7 Courchevel 1650 Sunday / Dimanche 01-Mar Apres 16:00
Araucaria La Plagne Tuesday / Mardi 03-Mar Apres 18:00
Pourquoi Pas Bar St Martin de Belleville Thursday / Jeudi 05-Mar Apres 18:30 to 20:30
Cocorico Tignes Friday / Vendredi 06-Mar Apres 16:00
La Mine La Plagne Friday / Vendredi 06-Mar Eve 22:30
Le Lodge, Meribel Village Meribel Saturday / Samedi 07-Mar Apres 16:00

(Subject to potential last minute change! Check out the venue FB page for gig confirmation)

 

Qu’est-ce que LA FOX?!

Keiran & Josh are La Fox! A high octane power duo with a neat and tidy rhythm section, electro-acoustic guitar – and voices to melt the soul.

We welcome La Fox to the mountains for the very first time this winter – and in fact – ever! And boy have these guys been taking the après lovers by storm! La Fox hail from Barnsley in Yorkshire where their music-loving ears met across a crowded Barnsley jam night nearly three years ago. Once recognising they could combine to perform the ultimate duo sound, pubs, bars, weddings, parties and all events that need their magical foxy music followed and Keiran & Josh’s force majeur of a duo took off. 

Gigging the best in après ski hits as well as taking their own unique twist on all songs great, La Fox are highly skilled and adaptable in their production, keeping any room or terrace on their feet and dancing as well as swaying along to their more chilled sets, suiting any restaurant, 5* hotel lounge – and everything in between.

Everyone need a bit of La Fox in their life – so check out their remaining gigs below and catch them before this fantastic duo get away..!

Le Rastro Mottaret Mardi 11-Feb Aprés 16:00
Pourquoi Pas Bar St Martin de Belleville  Jeudi 13-Feb Aprés 18:30
Doron Meribel Jeudi 13-Feb Evening 23:00
Office de Tourisme Meribel Vendredi 14-Feb Aprés 16:30
Fabrik Brides Les Bains Vendredi 14-Feb Evening 20:30
Araucaria La Plagne Samedi 15-Feb Aprés 18:00
Araucaria La Plagne  Samedi 15-Feb Evening 18:00
Fahrenheit 7 Courchevel 1650 Dimanche 16-Feb Aprés 16:00
Tibetan Café Morzine Lundi 17-Feb Aprés 17:00
Tibetan Café Morzine Lundi 17-Feb Evening 22:00
Marmot Arms Tignes Mardi 18-Feb Aprés 16:30

Bloc out your diary – Bloc Off The Wall are back!

Bloc Off  The Wall know how to smash an après. Full Stop. Simple. Done. So if you’ve seen them gig before, I give you permission to not bother reading anything else on this blog – just scroll down to their gig dates so you can see where you’ll #skiandparty with Bloc Off The Wall at a quality venue, in a resort near you.

If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of watching and listening to Adam Isaac and his band, let me break it down for you. It’s like performing the best gig at every gig is at the top of Bloc Off The Wall‘s agenda. And creating a hands in the air, crowd surfing, dancing-on-tables après ski party is just ingrained into their very souls. Every time these guys return to resort, there’s anticipation in the air and gigs waiting to go off! We’re always so happy to welcome them back and we know for a fact that venue teams, skiers, boarders – even sledgers and folk who just enjoy riding the bus around resort, dressed in ski gear – are always excited to see this band rocking a stage! Expect big anthems, classic après ski hits – and some surprise tunes which will make you feel like you’re floating on the clouds that surround you and these beautiful mountains. Why? Because it all just comes together when Bloc Off The Wall gig. Now look out for that euphoric Cloud 9 – it’s on its way to lift you and your hands in the air. Except this time, you will care. Because you’ll be watching one of the best bands your mountain experience can give you.

Venue Resort Day / Jour Date Soir /Après
Bubble Bar Courchevel 1650 Sunday / Dimanche 29-Dec Eve
Rond Point Meribel Monday / Lundi 30-Dec Apres
Doron Pub Meribel Monday / Lundi 30-Dec Eve
Fahrenheit 7 Val Thorens Tuesday / Mardi 31-Dec Eve
Scotty’s La Plagne Wednesday / Mercredi 01-Jan Apres
Hotel Post residency Zermatt Thursday / Jeudi 02-Jan – 06 Jan incl Eve
Cocorico Tignes Wednesday / Mercredi 08-Jan Apres
Cocorico Tignes Thursday / Jeudi 09-Jan Apres
Funky Fox Courchevel 1650 Thursday / Jeudi 09-Jan Eve
Rond Point Meribel Friday / Vendredi 10-Jan Apres
Tsaretta Les Allues Friday / Vendredi 10-Jan Eve
Ski Lodge La Tania Tuesday / Mardi 14-Jan Eve
Smithy’s Les Deux Alpes Wednesday / Mercredi 15-Jan Eve
Smithy’s Alpe D’Huez Thursday / Jeudi 16-Jan Eve
Rond Point Meribel Friday / Vendredi 17-Jan Apres
Elephant Le Praz Tuesday / Mardi 21-Jan Eve
Cocorico Tignes Wednesday / Mercredi 22-Jan Apres
Comptoir La Rosière Wednesday / Mercredi 22-Jan Eve
Cocorico Val D’Isere Thursday / Jeudi 23-Jan Apres
Funky Fox Courchevel 1650 Thursday / Jeudi 23-Jan Eve
Cocorico Tignes Friday / Vendredi 24-Jan Apres
Cocorico Val D’Isere Saturday / Samedi 25-Jan Apres
Ski Lodge La Tania Tuesday / Mardi 28-Jan Eve
Scotty’s La Plagne Wednesday / Mercredi 29-Jan Apres
Comptoir La Rosière Wednesday / Mercredi 29-Jan Eve
Smithy’s Alpe D’Huez Thursday / Jeudi 30-Jan Eve
Cocorico Tignes Sunday / Dimanche 02-Feb Apres
Scotty’s La Plagne Wednesday / Mercredi 05-Feb Apres
Doron Pub Meribel Wednesday / Mercredi 05-Feb Eve
Funky Fox Courchevel 1650 Thursday / Jeudi 06-Feb Eve
Cocorico Val D’Isere Friday / Vendredi 07-Feb Apres
Tsaretta Les Allues Friday / Vendredi 07-Feb Eve
Cocorico Val D’Isere Saturday / Samedi 08-Feb Apres
Bubble Bar Courchevel 1650 Sunday / Dimanche 09-Feb Eve

…and that line up’s just for starters..!

The shy, retiring BOTW front man, Adam Isaac.

The Danny McCabe Duo – welcome to the mountain, guys!

The Danny McCabe Duo – when Manchester talent meets Méribel, Morzine and many more resorts in between! Having gigged together for years, these guys know how to entertain. Multi genre songs from all eras can be heard ringing out from this legendary pairing! From chilled lounge sets, to upbeat sing-a-long sets. From mountain ranges to yachts, from bars, to 5* hotels and private parties – The Danny McCabe Duo will bring an extra special brightness and element of fun to every show.

Here’s what the rest of their tour looks like. If you haven’t seen Danny & Tom gig yet, put a note in your winter diary and seek out their next gig that’s nearest to you. Not only are they two of the loveliest fellas to grace our mountain range, their gigs are guaranteed to put a smile on your face and your feet on the dance floor.

Le Lodge, Meribel Village Meribel Monday / Lundi 23-Dec Après 16:00
Café del Mott Mottaret Tuesday / Mardi 24-Dec Après 18:30
La Mine La Plagne Tuesday / Mardi 24-Dec Evening 23:00
Marmot Arms Tignes Thursday / Jeudi 26-Dec Après 16:30
Doron Meribel Thursday / Jeudi 26-Dec Evening 23:00
Fahrenheit 7 Val Thorens Friday / Vendredi 27-Dec Evening 19:00
Tibetan Café Morzine Monday / Lundi 30-Dec Après 17:00
Tibetan Café Morzine Monday / Lundi 30-Dec Evening 22:00
Boomerang Les Gets Tuesday / Mardi 31-Dec Evening 19:00
La Mine La Plagne Wednesday / Mercredi 01-Jan Evening 22:30
Fahrenheit 7 Courchevel 1650 Friday / Vendredi 03-Jan Après 17:00
Araucaria La Plagne Saturday / Samedi 04-Jan Après 18:00
Scottys La Plagne Monday / Lundi 06-Jan Après 17:00
Marmot Arms Tignes Tuesday / Mardi 07-Jan Après 16:30
Doron Meribel Wednesday / Mercredi 08-Jan Après Start time TBC
Le Lodge, Meribel Village Meribel Saturday / Samedi 11-Jan Après  16:00
La Taverne Meribel Sunday / Dimanche 12-Jan Evening 21:00
Tibetan Café Morzine Monday / Lundi 13-Jan Après 17:00
Tibetan Café Morzine Monday / Lundi 13-Jan Evening 22:00
Le Rastro Mottaret Tuesday / Mardi 14-Jan Après 16:00
Office de Tourisme Brides Les Bains Wednesday / Mercredi 15-Jan Après 17:00
Fahrenheit 7 Courchevel 1650 Thursday / Jeudi 16-Jan Après 17:00
La Mine La Plagne Friday / Vendredi 17-Jan Evening 22:30
Le Lodge, Meribel Village Meribel Saturday / Samedi 18-Jan Après  16:00

And Snow It Begins…

If the musicians’ and venues’ social media haven’t got us excited enough about the winter season ahead, the huge snowfall last night has really put everyone into, what we like to call, Après Excitement Overdrive! (If anyone wants to claim that for a ski resort band name, be my guest. Just don’t forget to start your set with ‘2-4-6-8-Après Ski’…)

Even the beloved Après Ski Band dogs, Hobnob & Crumpet, are going extra crazy on their walk today! Why?! Because this morning’s snow is a sure sign that the ’19-’20 winter is going to be an absolute corker! (They’re very knowing dogs indeed).

Just when you think that the music couldn’t possibly get any better in resorts, our resident musicians return with an even greater fire in their bellies to smash each and every set. Your favourite bands will of course be gigging all the après hits whilst impressing with new repertoires in your favourite bars, pubs, clubs and hotels throughout the region.

Make sure you check out the Mardy Johnny Depps‘ new Basement Jaxx medley! Luke Burgess will be hitting us with his twists on Lincoln Park as well as Fleetwood Mac and the Blazin’ Strings guys welcome new member Karl Cosgrove to the stage this season, slappin’ da bass in place of our beloved Toby, to well known and new grooves – including a sexy little Luther Vandross number!

Our touring artists (both familiar and new to the family!) can’t wait to get out here and start gigging to the crowds of skiers, boarders, venue teams – and those of you who just bloomin’ well love to go to an après ski party!

So who’s new to ‘whet your après-tite’ (put your money away, you can have that for free…) this winter? Keep an eye and ear out for the following talent… Tchaï & Ali, The Danny McCabe Duo, La Fox, The Cash Cows, Mazula, Mark Walker, Steph Willis, Yoan Azencot and French rockers KTR6. Each and every artist will be offering everything you love as well as something a bit different to bring to the Après Ski Bands table of musical delights!

We welcome back looping, blues, jazz, rock legend and absolute gentleman, Chris Quinn – this time for the entire season! Adam Isaac and Bloc Off The Wall are here for extended tours as are The Dominos and Christine and her tremendous TrendsChop Shop are with us for the Christmas and New Year celebrations. French legends Brotherockers will be strolling into our hearts during another winter tour, One Ground Reggae are back to keep us chilled and warm in the sun all at once from March and Silver Souled will be doing their soulful, funky thing from mid December until January – the same time that we see the Twinkill guys return for their first tour in three years! Now, there may only be three of them, but Firekind‘s unbelievable sound creates a vibe that is comparable to the biggest of rock outfits! These legends are with us during the music, comedy and DJ-tastic Piste Bash Festival week (9th to 13th Mach 2020).

 

Counterflow, CoCo and the Butterfileds and The Al Jones Band, as well as many of your season après ski bands, will be representing and rocking their residencies in Zermatt. And if all that wasn’t enough, we’ll be seeing guest appearances in resorts and at festivals from even more bands, soloists, duos and DJs who we’ve had the pleasure of connecting with over the past 12 months and beyond! And all that is happening without us even telling you all about our sister company’s Taking the Piste ’19-’20 comedy tours!

Ready for the winter, everyone?! It’s already turning out to be one to remember! Just ask Crumpet and Hobnob..!