Music Bournemouth Sports Club

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Lee Ainley's Blues Storm

A rising force in soulful rock blues.

Fronted by an unusual pairing of mother & daughter, this musical powerhouse brings you original tracks with sounds firmly rooted in blues history.

The unique vocal pairing of Lee Ainley & Tori Mai showcases tight harmonies wrought from close family bonds & a solid musical pedigree. These unstoppable ladies create the feel of the music with their song writing artistry. On lead guitar is the raw edgy Elliot Young, who also drops his song writing prowess into the mix. The engine of the rhythm section growls along with the skilful David Atkin on drums. Locking in with David is patriarch Nat Ainley on bass, making this a family affair.

The band have paid their dues and are now supporting both national as well as international acts including Marcus Malone, The Brew, Eliana Cargnelutti, Erja Lyytinen and Troy Redfern and we know you are going to love them. 

Capulus

Capulus are a hard rock band with heavy futuristic and Sci-fi themes of a dystopian alternate reality. Their influences span from the classic rock bands of the 70’s through to a heavy metal, alternative sound with progressive undertones.

Their use of visual effects is definitely something different for the audience and this is sure to be a set that offers you the chance to enjoy an alternative performance to your average rock band.

Wendy Jane

Wendy Jane is a folk/world influenced singer/songwriter from the New Forest. She plays piano, flute, guitar, harp and sings with a gentle warmth and care for the world around her and those who inhabit it.

She has spent over a decade directing and teaching others in musical theatre and choral settings and through one to one tuition but her passion is to reach others with her own compositions.

Live and Unheard spreads its wings

Live and Unheard, the monthly showcase for original music talent at Lighthouse, is spreading its wings over the next few weeks as it brings even more emerging artists to new audiences.

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Presented in partnership with Bournemouth-based studio and music hub Hangover Hill, Live and Unheard is the first time Lighthouse has regularly hosted local music acts since the 1990s and has been a major success story this year, with around 1000 people attending the eight shows so far.

“It works because of the venue – the feel of it and the fact it is a professional set up, but not at all stuffy,” says Hangover Hill’s Matt Black who curates the line ups with his fiancé Mel Berkhauer.

“There’s something about it being a studio theatre that means you want to sit and pay attention to the music. That’s why we insist on original music because once a performer realises the audience wants to hear them play it changes everything. Suddenly they can just be who they want to be on stage and let the music speak for them.

“It is hugely empowering for performers and a giant leap forward in their artistic development, something that would not be possible without the involvement of Lighthouse.”

On 1 August Live and Unheard has put a slot on the Christmas bill up for grabs to the winner of the open mic contest at The Cricketers in Wimborne.

“The landlord is a real fan of Live and Unheard and wanted to involve some acts that we might not otherwise have been able to see so it seems like the perfect solution,” says Matt.

Live and Unheard then goes ‘On the Road’ with a show at Chapelgate on 6 August featuring Lee Ainley’s Blues Storm (pictured) with mother and daughter vocalists Lee Ainley and Tori Mai, progressive hard rockers Capulus and folk-influenced singer songwriter Wendy Jane.

“It’s a really strong line up, one of our best,” says Matt. “Lighthouse is very much our home venue, but hopefully we can draw on the feel and spirit of the Sherling Studio in another venue and then look at doing similar events elsewhere.”

Live and Unheard returns to Lighthouse on 4 September before staging its first Unplugged edition on 27 September as part of Roundabout, the pop-up venue with four days of theatre, live music and comedy presented by Lighthouse as part of Bournemouth Arts by the Sea festival.

“It has been an incredible year,” adds Matt. “We didn’t really know what to expect when Lighthouse approached us and had no idea how well Live and Unheard would work, but the feedback from bands and audiences alike has been so positive. It has had a galvanising effect on the live music scene locally and we’ve seen acts grow in confidence before our eyes – it’s quite special.”

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