TV Smith Mark Ayling Charlie Thomas

Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough.

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TV Smith was founder member, singer and songwriter for the Adverts, who formed in late 1976, and became one of the leading bands in the first wave of British punk rock. In early 1977, they performed regularly at the newly-opened Roxy Club in London, and gained cult success with the Stiff Records single "One Chord Wonders." Their next release, "Gary Gilmore's Eyes" became a hit record, leading to many radio and TV appearances and extensive media interest. A further single, “No Time To Be 21,” also entered the charts, and the band spent the rest of the year playing live, including major tours with The Damned and Iggy Pop. The album that followed in early 1978, "Crossing the Red Sea with the Adverts," is still considered a genuine classic of the era and is often cited as one of the twenty best punk albums ever released.

Immediately after the break up, TV formed TV Smith's Explorers, who achieved a U.K. hit in 1980 with the single “Tomahawk Cruise” and released one album, “Last Words Of The Great Explorer” a year later. TV re-entered the live arena in 1986 with Cheap, before performing his first gigs as a solo artist in the early ’90’s. He has gone on to release a succession of critically-acclaimed albums, including “March Of The Giants” (1992), “Immortal Rich” (1995), “Generation Y” (1999), “Not A Bad Day” (2003), “Misinformation Overload” (2006), “In The Arms Of My Enemy” (2008), and “Coming In To Land” (2011). 

”Late 2014 saw the release of a new TV Smith album entitled “I Delete," his sixteenth as a solo artist, which has been acclaimed by critics and fans alike. 

A full-length BBC 4 documentary on TV Smith titled “We Who Wait: TV Smith & The Adverts” is still available for viewing on You Tube.

Main Support: A lifelong drummer, Aberdeenshire based Mark Ayling has now branched out into he world of acoustic music.

Recently described as "a relentless, one-man wall-of-sound" 
by Louder Than War, he discards the usual Folk/Acoustic 
influences such as Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, instead 
finding his inspiration from bands as diverse as The Jam, 
The Specials, Motorhead, The Mob, New Model Army, The Clash, 
Killing Joke and Joy Division.

Mark has had the pleasure of playing alongside Justin 
Sullivan (New Model Army), Robb Johnson and Tracey Curtis at 
the 2011 Raise Your Banners Festival, and Ruts DC, 999,
TV Smith, Goldblade, Rubella Ballet, Proud City Fathers,
The Mob, XSLF and many other fine musicians
at various gigs throughout the last 5 years.

Charlie Thomas has been performing at music venues in and around the North East for almost three years. Supporting the likes of Terry & Gerry, TG Elias, Blue Rose Code, Martin Stephenson (The Daintees), Silver Trees, Steve Ignorant (Crass) and TV Smith (The Adverts). Adopting a DIY ethic, Charlie's songwriting fuses raw aspects of early American rock and roll, New York proto-punk, folk and beat poet culture. Primary influences include: Jack Kerouac, Dylan, Lou Reed, VU, Patti Smith, The Stooges and Jonathon Richman.