Past Events

Saturday 6th August 2016 , 7.30pm at The Green Room Theatre, Dorking


A unique double-header


Thirty Pounds of Bone
Band of Holy Joy


Tickets: £9 advance, £10 on the door, £6 concessions student/unwaged BOX OFFICE


Sailing gleefully under the radar and occupying his own trans-century time-period, Thirty Pounds Of Bone is one man, multi- instrumentalist Johny Lamb with a treasure-chest of storm-tossed laments and lullaby wig-outs to bedazzle.

The son of an ordained clergyman, Johny Lamb was initially raised on the Shetland island of Unst; he’s always been fascinated with the sea and the fisheries. His favourite books are Moby Dick and The Tin Drum. As a child he was once in hospital for so long that they made him go to school there, and as a result he now only has one functioning kidney. He has lived all over the British Isles, and has toured extensively throughout Europe. His life revolves around folk music and he believes strongly in innovation and change in traditional music rather than preservation of repertoire, as “a museum piece cannot be a ‘living’ tradition.”

Thirty Pounds of Bone has been releasing his particular brand of dark, brooding alt-folk song since 2006 to consistent critical acclaim. He mines themes of loss, love, melancholy, place, intinerancy, drink and the sea. His fourth ‘The Taxidermist’ album was released on Armellodie Records on 23rd March 2015. He draws heavily from traditional music, but wilfully misuses and abuses it via analogue synth, distortion, and a dredger-paced delivery.


Originally formed in 1984, Band of Holy Joy has existed in one form or another for over thirty years now, having kept the faith with their original ideals whilst forever pushing new boundaries. They have their own show Bad Punk on London’s largest independent art radio station Resonance FM, often extending into a live audiovisual performance in theatres, art fairs and remote locations. The band still receives much critical acclaim for the albums they release, the latest being The Land Of Holy Joy released last year on Stereogram Recordings. Driven by music, beauty and life, they still put on an emotionally charged show.

“Passionate poetics and dark dreams get danced away with angry meditations in nu-Northern Soul settings” – The Daily Mirror

“Johny is the patron saint and torch singer for a tier of humanity increasingly ground down by bastard, callous, remote and indifferent powers that be, especially in this here big city of London.” – David Stubbs (The Quietus)

“When it comes to music, nobody engages to greater effect than the Band Of Holy Joy. And don’t ask me how they keep doing it, but their new album The Land Of Holy Joy arguably represents a new benchmark even for them in their search for warmth in the wilderness”Louder Than War


Tickets: £9 advance, £10 on the door, £6 concession student/unwaged



The Green Room Theatre is a fully seated venue – seats for this event are unallocated. Licensed bar.

The Green Room Theatre, Rear of Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1SG

Access: unfortunately this venue is not fully accessible but there are some work-arounds, please contact us to discuss your needs.







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