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Friday Night Comedy
Friday Night Comedy brings the very best comedians from the UK and beyond to Alexander's Live in the heart of Chester.
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When: November 17, 2017, 12:00 am
Where: Alexander's Live
Free before 9pm…£4 after.
Free all night with a valid NUS or Telford’s membership.

Turbulence are a three-piece indie rock band from Ellesmere Port composed of James Smith, Lewis Williams and George Chong. Since the release of their 2015 debut EP, the band has been busy playing up and down the North West of England and North Wales with Gigs lined up well into 2017.
After the initial release of their debut EP ‘Turbulence’ the band has been consistently impressing audiences with their hard hitting original music reminiscent of indie bands before them.
Their new single ‘Residence’ was released in 2016 with more music to be released in 2017. The band looks forward to more gigging throughout 2017

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When: November 17, 2017, 12:00 am
Where: Telford's Warehouse
Chester Arts Fair 2017
WELCOME to the Deepbridge Chester Arts Fair 2017, returning to the city for the sixth year. The Fair will take place at Chester Racecourse from 17-19 November, featuring over 80 UK & International artists from both professionl and amateur backgrounds.  The Fair will include:  Over 3000 pieces of artwork including paintings, illustrations, sculpture, glass, ceramics, digital prints and much more.  Affordable and investment art ranging from £40.00 to £10,000 plus Full programme of Live Art Demonstrations, Artist Talks and Workshops  Fun and interactive Children's Area sponsored by Chester Zoo, combining conservation and creativity to engage your little artists at the Fair Display Room supported by The Fab Chair Co from Tarporely, stocking all your favourite interiors Art in Education Competition showcasing the work of talented students from the Chester and Cheshire region  FREE Parking onsite  Cafe open all weekend serving hot and cold refreshments  Disabled access There is all this and so much more to enjoy for the whole family at Chester Arts Fair. Visit our website and look at the programme of live art events so you can plan your day accordingly.  .... more info

When: November 17, 2017, 6:00 pm
Where: Chester Racecourse
The Things Good Men Do

by Dan Muirden

"There are three types of girlfriend. Those you tell your parents about, those you tell your friends about and those you tell no one about".

Reformed womaniser Nick is approaching thirty and has fallen head over heels in love with the girl he wants to marry and have kids with. But then a dark little fling he'd rather forget comes back to threaten everything.

(Suitable for age 16+. Contains sexual content and strong language.)

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When: November 17, 2017, 7:30 pm
Where: Chester Little Theatre
Xander & The Peace Pirates
February 18, 2014 – There’s a monument close to Liverpool’s famous Cavern Club that proclaims ‘Four Lads Who Shook the World’ – referring of course to The Beatles. This musical city has now produced another group of ‘world shakers’ in the form of Xander and the Peace Pirates, who have just created a storm from one side of America to the other with their own unique brand of soulful, blues based rock. Brothers Keith and Stuart Xander have been playing a regular weekly slot at The Cavern – as well as the North West circuit, along with support slots for stadium rockers Bon Jovi and Ritchie Kotzen. But now they have come to the attention of one of the world’s most famous guitar companies – Gibson Brands Inc. Gibson recognized their musical skills and song writing talents – but also the fact that guitarist Keith doesn’t actually have a right hand – he plays the guitar with a prosthetic ‘hook’ adapted to hold a plectrum! Keith was always told by his school music teachers he would never be able to play a two handed instrument with a prosthetic hand – of course he proved them all wrong, and is now a world class virtuoso – and an inspiration to musicians everywhere! Last month, Gibson invited the guys from the winter rain of Liverpool to the sun kissed desert of Las Vegas – to showcase their talent at the world famous CES (Consumer Electronics Show) where this year Gibson ranked number 2 most talked about brands at the show. This is an opportunity for inventors, innovators – and gadget loving people to gather under one roof. With Gibson leading the world with their own ‘self-tuning’ guitar invention, it was the perfect opportunity for Xander and the Peace Pirates to wow the crowd with their music – using of course Gibson guitars! Keith and Stuart made such an impression – not only on their American sponsor, but the worldwide crowd, they were immediately booked to play the Winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) – the USA’s biggest music trade event. 6,000 miles away from Liverpool, the Xander brother’s music ripped up the crowd at the Los Angeles exhibition show ‘Go Pro’ stage – bringing them to the attention of some of the biggest names of the music industry. World renowned recording engineer and producer Eddie Kramer (the man behind the music of Jimi Hendrix – all his albums, Led Zeppelin – The Song Remains The Same, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Woodstock album, Peter Frampton – Frampton Comes Alive and Kiss and many more too numerous to mention) was so smitten with Keith and Stuart, he immediately offered to produce their next album. Not only that, but ex Atlantic Records A&R guru Leigh Lust wants to promote the album through Pledge Music – the latest innovation in album sales. After playing on the Go-Pro stage at NAMM they were approached by Simon Phillips (Toto’s drummer and producer who also produced and played for Steve Vai). They then found themselves in his studio a day later negotiating a Xander song being featured on his current recording artist Billie Rainbird’s new album. In just a couple of weeks, these two hard working songsmiths have created a ‘musical storm’. Even on their flight stop over at New York, they linked up with Bruce Springsteen sidekick Willie Nile to perform at the world famous Bitter End in Greenwich Village – this immediately resulted in them being re-booked to play a number of New York historic venues at the earliest opportunity as well as South California bookings being made for the coming year. The next chapter in this fairytale takes place in March, when they fly out to Frankfurt to perform with Gibson at Musikmesse – Europe’s equivalent of NAMM – and the biggest music trade show this side of the Atlantic. Its more than likely a safe bet to assume that pretty much every person that attends a Xander & The Peace Pirates gig leaves with the belief that this was one of the best gigs they have ever witnessed. And if mass chanting after every song was anything to go by, this band should be leading the music charts and headlining festivals across the UK. Currently endorsed by Roland and Boss UK these brothers are making a big impact. They are also in the first stages of filming a documentary on the meteoric rise from busking on the streets of Liverpool to supporting Bon Jovi and becoming weekly residents in the world famous Cavern Club and finishing with a road trip across the USA from east to west to visit the legendary NAMM festival and meet record executives in LA. The current XATPP show incorporates Roland and Boss's cutting edge equipment the rc300 and the GR55 midi synth guitar. The peace pirates use loops created live and the GR55 combined with the raw sound of driving acoustic and soaring lead guitar entwined with soulful rich vocals in synergy to create a huge sound.Xander & the peace Pirates are one of the most energetic, entertaining and they sound as good live as they do recorded. They have shared the stage with legends Buddy Guy, Eric Bibb, Richie Kotzen, San Brown, The Fabulous Thunderbirds & The James Taylor Quartet and are resident band in the world famous Cavern Pub, Liverpool. With over 100 thousand views on You Tube, thousands more hits on MySpace and Facebook, a large fan base around the UK and Ireland, good looks and relentless talent, Xander and the Peace Pirates will continue to wow audiences with every show. Gibson Guitar flew us to CES in Vegas and is having us play for them at NAMM. Xander and the Peace Pirates combine soul, blues and rock to channel a message of peace and love through their music. Questioning authority and shedding light upon the lies in the media and promoting what they feel to be true from within their being. The band was formed by The Xander Brothers who love music, love writing, love performing and love listening to music. However, they don’t love the idea and belief in these reality show infected days that indoctrinate the idea that being a celebrity is more important than the message held within the music or that wealth is more important than the soul. They see a new world of creativity and soul liberation. Even as i write this bio about the band im in, pretending its a third person when you and i know its us writing about us, i feel like we all need a little truth, transparency and love. "Despite being a new name to many, they've already shared space onstage with rock & blues glitterati like Buddy Guy, Bon Jovi, Vintage Trouble, The Temperance Movement, Eric Bibb, Robben Ford, Manfred Mann, Joe Bonamassa, Ritchie Kotzen, Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake) and The Fabulous Thunderbirds."FRASER LEWRYClassic Rock Magazine UK"Not only is he immensely talented on the guitar and vocals, he burns with an unbelievable passion for the music, pouring every ounce of energy into his performance.RICHARD ROSENTHALScreamer magazine LA £8 adv // 14+ (Under 16's to be accompanied) // 7pm .... more info

When: November 17, 2017, 7:00 pm
Where: The Live Rooms (Seated)

"The Flint Street Nativity" by Tim Firth

A comedy about children for adults.

Mizzis Horrocks' class of seven year olds is about to perform their nativity play at Flint Street Junior School for the proud mums and dads - and the occasional social worker. Squabbles arise when Gabriel wants to play Mary, the Star grumbles he's not a proper star like they have at NASA, Herod won't stop waving to his mum and dad and the subversive Innkeeper is determined to liven up the traditional script. And then the stick insect escapes...

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When: November 17, 2017, 7:45 pm
Where: Guilden Sutton Village Hall
Innocenza Residents and Friends
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When: November 17, 2017, 10:00 pm
Where: The Tivoli Nightclub
The John Fairhurst Band
Free Before 9pm… £4 after.
Free all night with a valid NUS or Telford’s membership card.

Wigan native Fairhurst has been honing his craft on the road combining his passions for people and music for years. The result is an awe inspiring wall of sound rooted in his northern blues background with gritty mournful deep-south attitude and a voice to carry it home.

Introduced to Sarod Master K. Sridhar at the age of 5 when he stayed with John’s family, John’s music has a distinctly eastern feel, with influences from the Sarod Master as well as his own travels through Asia. With a bottle-neck style blues referencing the likes of Son House and Bukka White, comparisons to the fingerpicking of John Fahey, a leaning towards the psychedelic 60’s rock of Hendrix and Led Zeppelin and the ever present influence of K. Sridhar and Indian raga, John’s music is a real melting-pot of diverse musical traditions freely hand picking tunes from the Mississippi to the Ganges.

John Fairhurst truly epitomises the modern day wandering blues man. Stories of hunger, listlessness, roaming and reckless abandon are just a prelude to John’s story, something that can only be fully understood in the presence of the man. John tells stories of wading into the sea off the New Zealand coast to smash raw oysters off rocks simply to get something to eat, but fortunately times have changed. He has since gone on to tour the globe, eat moderately well and entertain crowds at illustrious festivals such as SXSW, Glastonbury and Tarragona blues festival (Headlining slot) to name but a few. John’s enigmatic stories relayed through intense and original blues are all told using his trademark howling vocals; think Captain Beefheart meets Tom Waits.

John’s wanderlust character, lead him to New York in 2009 where he arrived with only a bag of clothes and his beloved resonator. He met a fellow blues player and proceeded to arrange and perform 14 sell out shows in a 15 days, a feat demonstrating what a gifted performer John truly is. Bare chested and tattooed (by monks in a Thai temple), when John Fairhurst walks onto a stage you know you are not only about to hear incredible blues, but the tale of one mans tireless journey leaving a lasting impression wherever he stops.

With three independent albums under his belt, he has garnered critical acclaim with The Guardian describing his 2008’s instrumental  debut album ‘Joys of Spring’ as “Truly exquisite”. His following releases 2010’s ‘John Fairhurst Band’ and 2012’s ‘Hungry Blues’ were also hailed in similar manner.

Coupled with his tenacious attitude to touring and following a summer of explosive live shows both in the UK and Europe, John has built on previous festival appearances at Glastonbury, SXSW, Green Man and Edinburgh Festival to widen his audience with appearances at Secret Garden Party, Shambala, Boomtown as well as with residencies on the Harley Davidson European Tour and a tour with Johnny Winter as well as a series of shows over the Christmas period and into next year. 2014 looks bright in John Fairhurst world with a Spring release to show case new songs, a new band and an electrifying new sound.

His work ethic onstage is reflected in his creative process with collaborations over the years with African Kora master Sekou Kouyate, Joe Driscoll (local posse), world champion beatboxers Reeps One and Bellatrix and underpinned by stickman James Breen and beatbox blues duo HeyMoonShaker.

Currently in the studio following a gruelling 200+ shows across 8 countries John is preparing for a busy few months with the release of his new electric album set for Spring 2014. Recording sessions are taking place between Bristol and London’s Dean Street Studios. With Nathan Lewis and Alex Beitzke at the helm engineering and producing, John is accompanied by old faithfuls Joe Strouzer on harp, Toby Murray on drums with the addition of new band member Luke Barter on Bass. The new album is a full on electric blues experience with John unleashing his virtuoso technique on some of his favourite guitars…. There’s a new sound and a whole lot of shows to come.

This is the sound of modern British blues….

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When: November 18, 2017, 12:00 am
Where: Telford's Warehouse
Tomato Tomato

Tomato/Tomato’are not your garden variety duo. Clever, quirky songs draw on folk and bluegrass, blues and swing with their own interesting twist. An old washboard; rigged up with tin cans and a cymbal rattles while bass and snare drums are foot powered. Loving harmonies, old-timey guitar and up-cycled percussion create an unmistakeable sound between these darlings of Canadian folk scene.

The show is a rollicking rootsy – Canadianna mix with soaring harmonies and joyful arrangements. Tomato Tomato are masters of feel good folk and will have the audience singing and stomping along to their brand of old-timey, guitar strung, tunes.

suitable for all ages

Part of the 'See It Live In Libraries' project

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When: November 18, 2017, 7:30 pm
Where: Lache Library

"The Flint Street Nativity" by Tim Firth

A comedy about children for adults.

Mizzis Horrocks' class of seven year olds is about to perform their nativity play at Flint Street Junior School for the proud mums and dads - and the occasional social worker. Squabbles arise when Gabriel wants to play Mary, the Star grumbles he's not a proper star like they have at NASA, Herod won't stop waving to his mum and dad and the subversive Innkeeper is determined to liven up the traditional script. And then the stick insect escapes...

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When: November 18, 2017, 7:45 pm
Where: Guilden Sutton Village Hall
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