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Exciting new project The Adrian Spendlow Band - or whatever we are going to call ourselves. Adrian Spendlow and the Girls was suggested but Jeff of Classic thought it was me and my daughters?!!? We are brand new and gigging already. Double bills with international acts, supports for friends (who in turn are supporting us!) and headlining at festivals. (More of that on the chat page)

We are

Samantha Thompson on electric lead

Jane Stockdale Vocalisation

Wendy Woodford Drums

Adrian Spendlow words

We improvise!

Ideal for chill-outs, Literature festivals, Restaurant performances etc. Mellow, laid back but we rock. Poems chosen at random are introduced and generally chatted about as the band listen in and then they work out a way to go from there. It is so cool audiences don’t believe us that it is all fresh and first time that way. We headlined at Otley Black Sheep Festival after only one jam session and filled the night on our own. (See gigs for more detail)


Jane is a member of Percussion Café and world music choir Chechelele plus she used to headline festivals with the amazing Frankly My Dear.

Wendy was on Spendlow The DVD. Classically trained she is qualified to teach piano and percussion. An Evelyn Glenny pupil she has also worked with Nicko McBrain and with Simon Rattle at the Royal Albert Hall among other places. She has worked with the Birmingham Symphonic and Hilary Daven-Whetton AND she knows how to tune a triangle!

Adrian has, well this 200 plus page website is full of his accomplishments, they do include jamming with Martin Fletcher’s Usual Suspects, Celtarabia and Tim Hain and the Works. He has performed at Cheltenham Literature Festival, Henley on Thames Festival of Music and the Arts and generally all over the place. (400 poems to commission this year)


The Fugitives  

Four person Canadian spoken word/music troupe, 3rd European tour

Barbara Adler – three time member of the acclaimed Vancouver SLAM team

Brendan McLeod – Canadian Champion SLAM poet

Mark Berube – multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriters

CR Avery – musician and poet, “Search this man out” – Tom Waits

Worlds Second highest ranked slam poet

We are thrilled that the Fugitives are fitting a double bill with us into their world tour!



Spee 69 of Player Two known around the north of England for such as the Vinyl Explosion nights in York is teaming with me: Kind of Godfather of Performance Poetry meets the future of hip hop. We are currently looking for smaller venues with atmosphere with plans to move on to bigger things after enjoying being mellow.


Martin of Martin Fletcher’s Usual Suspects, (We met up at Whitby World Music Festival) is always willing to team up with Adrian for a gig. Blues Harmonica, hip hop and performance poetry.


DVD News

The live DVD will be with me shortly and I’ll let you know when they will be available.

Performers I have to thank for the making of SPENDLOW live are: James Christie (It jus twouldn’t have happened without him), Vicki Barre, Deanna Kolade, Lucy Potter, Gill Brownson, Julie Ellison (Or without her) and Jane Hickling.

We made the thing initially to send out to TV producers and befor ewe have even got it finished we’ve got interest. A TV producer has seen the first rushes, quite by chance, and hee says he wants a dozen copies to put on the desks of the people who matter, that I have marketable face and just have to be on television.


Julie Ellison

Excellent singer/songwriter Julie Ellison teams up with Adrian in something ever-so-subtly-different. Heartfelt songs, beautiful voice and much admired guitar work blend surprisingly well with Adrian’s words. Ideal for arts centres/folk events and anywhere people want to feel they have become part of it all. (Also available with subtly beautiful percussion from Jane Hickling)


Dave Moss of Banoffi

Centred around Adrian’s words, Fiddle/Cello/Guitar/Bouzouki n beautiful vocals from Dave Moss of the much travelled Banoffi.


Dan Webster

Up and coming songwriter described by Radio York as “A voice to watch out for” By Yorkshire Evening Press as “Powerful stuff”, he creates a truly beautiful atmosphere and is great fun to be with. “Moving - thought provoking” Together we can move you to tears or transport you to your inner self or just plain make you laugh.


More acts


Adrian’s words meld in well with music and more and more bands and performers are getting interested in working with him.


Check out the acts below or maybe you fancy a collaboration. Perhaps your band would have room for a ‘meld’ - Adrian would guest with your band slotting his words painlessly into your music.


 Gigs page


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