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September Showcase

Our monthly Sunday afternoon Fiery Bird Showcase continues at The Junction Coffee Shop, Woking

on Sunday 4th September 1pm – 4pm,

with live music from JK Jerome, Jess Tuthill and Marc Woosnam.

Woking’s JK Jerome Singer/songwriter with a love of lyrics and acoustic melodies. Once in a band called Sloes.

Jess Tuthill bringing her Ukulele travels to Woking. Mostly original songs and ditties but really whatever takes her fancy!

Marc Woosnam’s musical roots stem from the Seattle grunge scene and branch out to blues, rock, and folk to give him a unique sound in modern music.

👇 For more information and to have a listen click below 👇

JK JeromeJess TuthillMarc Woosnam 

In association with Arts Council England and Graham Steel Music Company

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No Open Mic 18th July

We won’t be opening for Open Mic night this Monday 18th July but we will be back on the 25th. Sorry for any disappointment but with the extreme heat warning ☀️ we thought it would be safer and more comfortable for everyone. We will look forward to welcoming you back on Monday 25th July

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August Showcase

Our Fiery Bird Showcases continue at The Junction Coffee Shop, Woking on Sunday 7th August from 1pm – 4pm, live music from The Velveteen Orkestra, Mili & Bertie and The Hedge Inspectors.

No stranger to our venues we welcome back The Velveteen Orkestra purveyors of quality alternative folk noir rock and roll. Always a treat.

Alternative pop duo Mili & Bertie are influenced by the likes of Crowded House and Starsailor, the pair bring an authentic and contemporary sound that is somewhat reminiscent of an older era of mainstream pop.

The Hedge Inspectors describe themselves as Acoustic noise makers, with original songs inspired by ‘true’ events.

👇 For more information and to have listen click below 👇

The Velveteen Orkestra Mili & BertieThe Hedge Inspectors

In association with Graham Steel Music Company and Arts Council England

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Monthly Showcase

Our monthly Sunday afternoon Fiery Bird Showcase continues at The Junction Coffee Shop, Woking on Sunday 3rd July 1pm – 4pm, with live music from Tu-Kay & Ryan, Moonlight Foxes and Will Samson.

Acoustic duo Tu-Kay & Ryan are passionate about making music with a positive message.
They are all about rich harmonies and creating a genuine connection with those who come to see them through the universal truths within their songs.

Will Samson is an alternative acoustic upbeat folk singer songwriter who is well known for his protest songs.
Will’s influences include Billy Bragg, Bob Dylan, Frank Turner, Gerry Cinnamon and Woody Guthrie to name a few.

Moonlight Foxes are an award-winning duo based on the Berkshire/Hampshire borders. 
Fay Freemantle and Alan Lovegrove have been performing separately for more than 20 years in various musical incarnations and genres.

👇 For more information and to have listen click below 👇

Tu-Kay & RyanWill SamsonMoonlight Foxes

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Some very disappointing news this bulletin! 😞

We’ve been getting lots of questions about the opening date of the permanent Phoenix Cultural Centre/Fiery Bird Live Music Venue.

Our current situation is that though we have all of the music equipment ready to put in from our last venue that we had to hand back last year, the new building is a shell.
We were offered a permanent building by Woking Borough Council in 2019 to be handed over with the work to make it accessible and with heat, light, water reconnected and toilets installed, we could then install all of the music equipment from the Fiery Bird we were already running and the transition from one to the other was planned to be immediate.

Subsequently as with many, Covid interrupted these plans and we were also advised that due to Covid the money to complete the works before we took over the lease was no longer available. So in November 2020 with support from WBC officers, we applied to Your Fund Surrey for one of the capital grants for communities to refurbish buildings in their area.
Our application is to ensure that the building is accessible so everyone can participate. We already have everything we need to run music events.
The application process was advertised at taking 3-6 months.

This organisation is a community led not for profit that aims to build on the work we started in our previous two venues over the last 11 years to offer work & training opportunities, partner with colleges, schools and charities and be accessible to all.
With great events and gigs from the best on tour around the UK available in the centre of Woking.
An affordable safe place for people of Woking and beyond to enjoy and celebrate the amazing talent we have and can bring here.
For our current, and future residents & visiting audiences, for a long time.

We still await an answer on our application from Your Fund Surrey and so, the venue won’t be ready.

WBC are allowing us to use their brand new Buzz Theatre for the Thomas Gabriel gig on 28 September and that will go ahead, but sadly the other fantastic gigs that we have booked in will have to be cancelled as this is only 90 capacity and not suitable for full bands, it’s also for the use of Italia Conti so may not be available if they’ve moved in.

We have already moved the gigs from last year when we were due to be open and the artists/agents/tour managers have been incredibly patient and supportive. Refunds will, of course be issued.

Our partnership work planned for this September will also be pushed back until we can open the venue. We also have to return the Arts Council funding we secured to see us through the pandemic, employ staff, engage artists, run workshops & training as we have passed the date that it needed to be spent by. We had brought in £.25m of funding over two years to set up the project to succeed.

We also used it to support artists, freelance workers and others who fell through the gap of Covid support running online gigs, gave training to young people in music events, provided music in day care centres, offered poetry workshops to domestic abuse survivors, trained staff and volunteers in safeguarding, mental health first aid & suicide intervention ready for when we could open. This will still be of value however we as yet do not have an indication of a timescale for opening.

WBC have given us use of The Junction Cafe on Monday nights for our open mics and Sunday showcases on the first Sunday of each month for the next six months. All are welcome to these Arts Council supported events. Entry by donation.

Sorry the news isn’t better, as you can imagine we are all gutted to be sharing this but since we have no choice but to cancel gigs, a situation no venue wants to be in and we have to let people know as soon as possible.

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Open Mic & Showcase Events are back!

Every Monday night from 7.30 to 10pm come down to the Junction Coffee Shop.
Acoustic set up – back line will be provided if required.
All abilities welcome in our traditional Phoenix/Fiery Bird atmosphere
Entry fee is by donation – whatever you can spare.
Whatever your style or level come join us to watch, listen or indeed to join in the fun.
Tea & coffee will be available.
Microphones will be sanitised after each performance.
To find the Junction Coffee Shop turn left out of the station (town side) and you’ll find it on the right! 18 High St, Woking GU21 6BW
Please take our short survey

Showcase nights

We kick off on Sunday 1st May from 1 to 4pm with a Spoken Word Showcase bringing together a wonderful selection of beautiful humans.
Pete Cox an artist, poet and the creator and curator of Innerverse.
Tara Bernadette Egan an expressive poet, thought provoking and instantly relatable.
Then no strangers to the Fiery Bird we welcome Elaine McGinty and Joe Buckley who bring poetry to music.
Elaine is a poet/musician/community activist, Joe is a musician and composer. They started working together in 2010 in the IPO Mob which became Phoenix Chroi, whose songs were based on Elaine’s poetry and in 2019 they started performing as a duo where Joe’s bass lines accompany Elaine’s poetry.

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Culture Recovery Fund Award

We are very excited to hear that we have been awarded Government funding thanks to the DCMS (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee) Culture Recovery Fund this means we can continue to write campaigns and fund bids and get ready to make an amazing space for our Woking community to enjoy next year.

#HereForCulture #LetsCreate 

Culture creates jobs, supports livelihoods, and brings joy to everyone. The UK leads the world in the creative industries and we can all feel pride in that.

Now, in these challenging times, it’s everybody’s turn to show our support for culture. With an unprecedented investment through the Culture Recovery Fund, the government is #HereForCulture so it can continue to weather the storm of coronavirus and come back stronger.

And we are #HereForCulture too.

#HereForCulture is a movement that unites the public, government and cultural organisations in support of our fantastic cinemas, theatres, music venues, museums, galleries and heritage.

By being #HereForCulture, we aren’t just supporting the people in the industry, we’re also supporting communities across the country.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support can’t wait to welcome you next year.

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Gig Announcements

There is so much in the pipeline, BUT we still are waiting on the YourFund decision on our community venue refit from Surrey County Council , no work can begin on the venue until we know the outcome.

We have submitted all the information requested and look forward to hearing soon.

So we have been trying to reschedule and move our booked shows. Unfortunately for all concerned we have had to cancel 2 shows, move 3 to a different venue and reschedule one of the dates.

We are really sad that Cut Capers and Hannah Moule and the Moulettes have had to cancel because of the venue not being ready.

We have worked really hard to find alternative space for the gig but with no other venues available to accommodate them and their touring schedules not coinciding with reschedule dates we have no choice.

Both bands have been incredible about this and we thank them for their understanding. We hope next year we can rebook them when we are fully open!

You should have received an email about a refund from Seetickets. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Unfortunately we couldn’t find another venue locally for the Hang Massive gig so the gig will now be taking place at Ashcroft Arts Centre in Fareham. Tickets for this gig will still be valid but refunds will be issued if you can no longer make it.

We are delighted to have been able to move the Kristin Hersh gig to the fantastic brand new, Buzz Theatre in Woking, and we have been able to negotiate a discounted meal offer at the Italian Kitchen restaurant next door for anyone with tickets to this show. Buzz Theatre is in the Peacocks Shopping Centre, Commercial Way Woking GU21 6YA

We will update the location of Dani Larkin’s gig as soon as we have it finalised.

John Otway will be rescheduled to 9th December.

All other shows stay the same.

Hopefully we will have more news soon.

Sign up to the Fiery Bird newsletter here for all the latest information on gigs.

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Due to the funding decision being delayed, our amazing venue won’t be ready to open in time for our upcoming shows!
With the fantastic support of the bands, the agents, Woking Borough Council and other partners we have been able to move some shows to different venues and other shows have had to be rescheduled to 2022.
Martha Hill has moved to the Rhoda McGaw Theatre. Unfortunately there was nowhere in Woking to host the Chubby & The Gang gig but The Face Bar in Reading has been able to help us there.
Important update: the Skints gig due to take place on 28th October has unfortunately been cancelled.
Please look out for an email from SeeTickets regarding a refund if you have purchased tickets.
We are absolutely gutted that this gig could not take place, but circumstances beyond our control have made the alternative venue unviable. It is not the fault of the band in any way.
Unfortunately there was nowhere in Woking to host the Chubby & The Gang gig but The Face Bar in Reading has been able to help us there.
All the other gigs have been postponed to next year all the details are below.

Thank you to everyone involved in these big decisions and for still putting your support behind us.
If you have already bought a ticket we will be in touch in the next week with all the details about the new dates along with refund details if you can’t make the new dates.
We are gutted to be having to make all these changes but we when we are able to open will be fully ready to welcome everyone and Woking will finally have the venue and community space that you have been crying out for. We are excited to welcome you in 2022.

21 OctoberMartha Hill 
with support from
Annabel Allum
The Velveteen Orkestra 
Rhoda McGaw Theatre
The Ambassadors,
Victoria Way, Woking
GU21 6GQ
Martha Hill Ticket Link
4th NovemberChubby & The GangThe Face Bar 
Ambrose Pl,
RG1 7JE 
Chubby & The Gang Ticket Link


APRIL 2022

8th April 2022Cut CapersCut Capers Ticket Link
15th April 2022Hannah Moule & The MoulettesMoulettes Ticket Link

MAY 2022

3rd May 2022Dani LarkinDani Larkin Ticket Link
19th May 2022Thomas GabrielThomas Gabriel Ticket Link
22nd May 2022Hang MassiveHang Massive Ticket Link


17th June 2022John OtwayJohn Otway Ticket Link
10th November 2022Funke and the Two Tone BabyFunke Ticket Link

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Eddie&The Hot Rods/DeptS/Ed Tenpole-Tudor/Phoenix Chroi PHOENIX RISING!

Legends Eddie & The Hot Rods, Dept S, Ed Tenpole Tudor & with local support from Phoenix Chroi playing in Woking’s new community live music venue to raise money to make a place that brings live music back into the town and welcomes all the community.

This is going to be a fantastic fundraiser to help us do more to the venue to make it a place the whole town can call their own, bring in fantastic bands, DJ’s and help new musicians get a platform to be heard as well as all the lovely community stuff we can do with a great big venue in the heart of Town.
2 mins from Woking Mainline station, car park pop, 10 mins from M25, hotel attached to venue and plenty of lovely bars and restaurants right next door- fantastic night out, fantastic live music and all for a good cause.


Get tickets here!

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