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A SIDEWAYS GLANCE AT WHAT'S ON GOD bless the sanctifying power of rock 'n' roll to unify, to act as a bridge between music lovers everywhere.

That spirit of reciprocal acknowledgement will be in full effect on Monday night when hugely-acclaimed Canadian band The Sadies play a hastily arranged show at Bogiez in Cardiff.

The former Barfly venue - now open for a year as Bogiez rock club - will play host to one of Canada's finest exports - and it's all thanks to a number of local enthusiasts who have brought the gig together.

When The Sadies last played at The Globe in November 2010 it was on the recommendation of Spillers Records in Cardiff that the then man at the helm of the Roath venue, Alan Jones, booked them.

Needless to say the band had a blast and left a sizeable impression on Alan and the staff at Spillers.

The Sadies Now the pair have got together to make this last-minute show happen.

The Sadies, who formed in Toronto in 1998, consist of Dallas Good, Travis Good, Sean Dean and Mike Belitsky.

Dallas and Travis Good are the sons of Bruce Good, and nephews of Brian and Larry Good, who are members of the Canadian country group The Good Brothers.

The band, recently up for a Juno Award (Canada's answer to the BRITS) for best band, and who walked off with the best video gong at the ceremony for their Rat Fink song, had a slot in their European tour free and were keen to return to the scene of their previous triumph.

"I heard of them when I was at The Globe via a recommendation from the girls at Spillers," says Alan, a former member of legendary '60s outfit Amen Corner.

"Their country psychedelic vibe suited the venue perfectly.

"The gig was very intoxicating, a cross between The Byrds and spaghetti western. They loved it when they played it here last time, so we wanted to make sure this gig happened despite the lastminute nature of it.

"They're an incredible live band, that has to be seen to be believed."

Also appearing on the bill will be prolific Welsh singer-songwriter Christopher Rees, who acted as support to The Sadies at The Globe.

"They are one of the very best live bands around," says Chris. "So I hope people can make it down because it's one show they will definitely enjoy and a night they will never forget."

The Sadies, with support from Christopher Rees and DJ Andi Harvest, play Bogiez on Monday, April 30. Tickets priced pounds 10 from Spillers Records, Morgan Arcade, Cardiff, and The Sadies
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 27, 2012
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