The Chris Holland All Stars


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New Cross Inn proudly present:
The Chris Holland All Stars
plus guests
£15 advance

Chris Holland took up the piano at the age of seven. Recording his first song, “It’s Getting Late”, when he was just twelve, he used a vintage four-track reel to reel handed down from his elder brother Jools and his then band, Squeeze. By his early teens while still at school, Holland formed his own band, B Sharp, playing mainly organ and singing. The band made their first television debut when they were spotted by Mick Robinson for a new TV show at the BBC. Holland left school at the age of 16 to tour extensively around the country for a couple of years, before being signed to Miles Copeland III’s I.R.S. Records label, releasing two singles: “While The Going’s Good” (produced by Dennis Herring, who has produced Elvis Costello and Ben Folds), and “Tell Me Straight” (produced by Pascal Gabriel, the producer of S-Express, Inspiral Carpets and EMF).

In between working on his own music he has continued to tour, record and write with various other artists including Green On Red, Squeeze, Stereophonics, Paul Weller and Paul Carrack Tom Jones, Ethan Johns. Holland has also played electronic organ, recorded and written for Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.

The band also includes Seamus (Hammond organ) who has played with Iggy Pop and Paul Weller, and Phil (Sax) and Dave (Bass) who Chris met whilst performing with the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, as well as Siobhan Parr, who has collaborated with the likes of Grand Drive, Evan Dando and Alabama 3, who all fell for her rich, emotive vocal talent.

With support from:

The Tomicks
A new rock n’ roll band. Hugely inspired by the ’60s and ’70s, Tom Cridland, Nick Whitehead and Debs Marx came together with the aim of recapturing the magic of pop music from those decades and bringing it into the 21st Century.

Based in London, PYJÆN is a band with its common link in improvised music and the jazz tradition, but with vision of pushing music forward in new directions. The sound of PYJÆN has many influences… Rock, electro, afrobeat, hip hop and jazz fusion being a few of them.

Who Killed Nancy Johnson?
A​ ​​​Reading-based high-energy ​original punk/post-punk band with a growing reputation as an incendiary live act.
“Full of energy… a really cool post-punk feel” – New Music Saturday
“A style that is quite unique… pour out a huge amount of energy… if you get the chance, go see ’em” – Plasma Music TV

The Teenage Men
We play R&B; no, not that kind, think Big Joe Turner rather than Beyoncé, Wynonie Harris not Whitney Houston. So yes, they play rhythm ‘n blues, jump blues, rockabilly blues, dirty lowdown boogiewoogie… and blues.

Special Branch
Proper R’n’B, Rock’n’Roll Punk and whatever. High Energy Rock’n’Roll. Special Branch don’t so much ‘cover’ songs as grab them by the scruff on the neck and give them a damn good hiding.


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Event Details

Date: 2018-02-04

Start time: 18:00

End time: 23:00

Venue: New Cross Inn