Sheffield rock fans may have heard of the American hard rock band Strongheart. For those who don't know, they are a guitar/bass/drums 3-piece from LA, who moved to Sheffield in the late 80s and have made two CDs 'Hard Wired', and 'Ritual'. Disaster struck last year when bass player Billy's visa ran out & he had to return to the USA. Drummer Bobby & guitarist/vocalist Wilbur continued as Jimi Zeppelin, playing, you guessed it, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin covers, with a variety of bass players. Then, one Friday evening in May, I got a phone call from our ex-bass player, Alen Shaw (now with Chicken Ass Blues Band), saying could I do a gig the next night, as he had been asked to play, but couldn't do it. I picked up a tape from him & the next evening found myself on stage with Jimi Zeppelin in Matlock!
I've now done a half dozen gigs with them and have started learning their original material, as we are now going out as Strongheart again, and they are talking about starting work on a third album.
I've been rehearsing most of this year (in between World Turtle, Haze & Strongheart gigs) with Satsuma! a new band comprising Nick 'Winston N'Gobola' Robinson, Martin 'Freddie Satsuma' Sommers and me! The idea is to play fairly classy rock & pop from the 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s, initially on the pub circuit, but heading for clubland by Christmas.
We've already done two shows, at The Other Side and at the Pen Nook & it's been going pretty well so far. Look out for more dates soon. World Turtle
Will be resurfacing for a couple of shows soon. We're opening at a Greenpeace benefit at Tin Pan Alley, and will be headlining a Classic Rock Society gig at the Tut & Shive in Rotherham. Paul Chisnell will be joining us at both shows to play a short acoustic set. Then it's on to:-
The Haze Christmas Show
SEPTEMBER 25th STRONGHEART The Pheasant, Sheffield Lane Top, Sheffield (0114 2467031) 27th SATSUMA! Under The Boardwalk, Snig Hill, Sheffield (0114 279 9090) Adm Free, 8pm start 30th WORLD TURTLE Tin Pan Alley, Fitzwilliam St, Sheffield Greenpeace benefit with Sacamarra & Sugar Gliders Adm £4/£3concs. OCTOBER 2nd STRONGHEART The Pheasant, Sheffield Lane Top, Sheffield (0114 2467031) 3rd STRONGHEART Private party - call us for an invite! 4th HAZE Acoustic set at Under The Boardwalk, Snig Hill, Sheffield (0114 279 9090) Adm free, playing 8.30-9.00pm 9th STRONGHEART Spring Head Theatre, Hull 10th WORLD TURTLE Tut & Shive, Wellgate, Rotherham with special guest Paul Chisnell. Adm £3 (01709 361 557) 11th SATSUMA! The Pen Nook, Helliwell Lane, Deepcar (0114 288 4482) Adm Free 16th STRONGHEART The Pheasant, Sheffield Lane Top, Sheffield (0114 2467031) 17th STRONGHEART The Little 'Un, Spring Terrace, South Elmsall (01977 642333) 23rd STRONGHEART The Polish Club, Blackburn Lane, Barnsley (01226 288 395) NOVEMBER 7th STRONGHEART RAOB Club, Heaton, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (0191 5266 195) CANCELLED 15th SATSUMA! The Little 'Un, Spring Terrace, South Elmsall (01977 642 333) 27th STRONGHEART The Polish Club, Blackburn Lane, Barnsley (01226 288 395) 29th SATSUMA! The Pen Nook, Helliwell Lane, Deepcar (0114 288 4482) Adm Free DECEMBER 3rd STRONGHEART The Plumpers, Bawtry Road, Tinsley, Sheffield 7th STRONGHEART The Gardeners Arms, Chesterfield 16th HAZE Acoustic Set, Under The Boardwalk, Snig Hill, Sheffield Admission free, onstage 8.30. 17th STRONGHEART The Pheasant, Barnsley Road, Sheffield Lane Top 19th STRONGHEART RAOB Club, Heaton, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (0191 5266 195)TBC 20th HAZE Xmas Show The Boardwalk, Snig Hill, Sheffield tickets £4, going on sale soon! (0114 279 9090) JANUARY 14th SATSUMA! The Deep End, Langsett Road, Sheffield (0114 285 4000) 17th WORLD TURTLE The Pen Nook, Heliwell Lane, Deepcar (0114 288 4482) Adm Free FEBRUARY 27th STRONGHEART Brickies, Hull