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Update - Strummerville Benefit Gig at Ace - St George's Night! 24/03/2013

Tuesday 23rd April
7pm - 11pm
Free Entry

The Bermondsey Joyriders, live at the Ace and promoting their recently launched debut album, "Noise and Revolution", as part of a "Proper English" occasion in aid of Strummerville, a registered charity set up by the friends and family of Joe Strummer in the year after his death and which seeks to reflect Joe's unique contribution to the music world by offering support, resources and performance opportunities to artists who would not normally have access to them.
Old punks (and Teds, Skins, Mods & Rockers) never die, they may say. Former "Cock Sparrer" front man Gary Lammin, "Chelsea" bassist Martin Stacey, and former Johnny Thunder stickman Chris Musto, certainly aren't going anywhere. No, they've realised that in today's current climate of economic meltdown, grasping bankers and apparent widespread corruption, the visceral thrill and political charge of Strummer approved punk is perhaps needed more now than ever before.
Joined on the album by counter-culture veteran, ex-MC5 manager and Detroit legend John Sinclair, who narrates throughout, the Joyriders briskly set about sticking it to "the man" on a bunch of 1977 style classics - with all the subtlety of a hammer to the head!
"Society is Rapidly Changing" and the title track rampage past in a hail of spit and venom, while a love of early rock n' roll surfaces on the check list "Right Now". Meanwhile "Proper English", recalls the cockernee laddisms of Steve Marriot - "Tru Punk? Yeah right!"
Also playing on the night, debuting their sonic wake up call, The Supernovas, the very shape, sound and vision of cutting edge, skank fuelled, culture crossing, second decade 21st century North London.
Playing together since they were sixteen, the Holloway Road, London, based four-piece "Don't believe in Heroes"!
For fans of the likes of Billy Bragg, Frank Turner and Joe Strummer, joining this unique gig is Sean McGowan, singing his original "The People's Music".
Sean, who started gigging in late 2010 aged 17, topped the Strummerville DIY chart for over six months in 2012 and made his festival debut, playing gigs all over the country from Blissfields and Bestival to Strummer of Love and Southsea Fest. Rob da Bank also gave Sean his first Radio 1 airplay to coincide with the release of his second EP, "The People's Music".  Billy Bragg tipped Sean for big things when giving his John Peel lecture for BBC Radio 6.
Sean has supported acts including Jesse Malin, Reverend & The Makers, Shed Seven, Frank Turner, The Men They Couldn't Hang and many more.