|We've followed Gladstone for several years going to their gigs whenever we get the chance. We always said if we got married it would be great if we could have Gladstone play at our wedding. After 10 years together we decided to tie the knot and I got in touch with Ruth. We were so excited when we booked them to play at our wedding which took place in May. They really made our day complete, everyone had a great time and the dance floor was always full. Our guests have all said what a great time they had and how good the band were. We will have great memories of our special day and thank Gladstone for contributing to them.
Just wanted to say thanks to you and the rest of the band for a fabulous gig. I have had great feedback saying how good you were. Thanks for help making it a special day. Christine x
|A huge thanks to all of you. You were our first choice and only choice. (Wedding couple).
Dear Ruth, Arty, John and Si,|
Lisa and I would like to express our gratitude for your amazing performance at our wedding on 15 October. You made a fantastic and lasting contribution to our day!
Your banter, unintentional innuendo, stage presence and, most importantly of course, the music itself was superb. We’ve had overwhelmingly positive feedback from our guests, whether they took to the dance floor or not.
I myself haven’t danced so much since The Mayfair closed, way back when........
Thanks and best wishes from David and Lisa McClure x
Sorry it has taken so long, but I just wanted to say thanks for a splendid night at the Blyth Spartans recently. Without exception, everyone enjoyed the evening and I am sure the good folk of Blyth would want me to pass on their appreciation.
My thanks again and we look forward to welcoming you again in the future.
Just a quick word on a band we seen last night Gladstone, they were truly sensational, perfect lead and backing vocals, and the general ‘feel’ of their sound was amazing. They put their own arrangements to the songs they cover, resulting in a unique sound of their own. And to even try a cover of KD Lang’s Constant Craving was brave in itself, but to pull it off with a blinding version was just inspired. I’d say this was the best local gig we’ve seen this year, it’ll take some beating that. Awesome stuff!
Arthur, Ruth, Paul, Snap and John
I couldn't let Friday pass without dropping you a line to let you know how much I (and the rest of the clan) enjoyed the evening. I will not pretend to know much about music so to me it is what is pleasing to the ear and relying on an individual’s inherent talent rather than today’s apparently manufactured sound. Every item without exception hit the spot with me and if I had not been driving would have made a fool of myself dancing so beware!!!. We are going to recommend you for our works annual Christmas bash in January at the Holiday Inn in town, is that something you would be interested in? I have not stopped talking about how good you were to people so we are keeping an eye on the web site for future gig's and hopefully we will get even more people on board. Do you need more venues or are you happy with the current circuit?
Once again thanks (especially for the signed CD and looking forward to the next one) and I will see you all soon at some venue or other.
Hi Ruth and Arty
I thoroughly enjoyed the night. It was good from a music point of view and a social point of view. As well as being talented musicians you are all nice people with a good spirit about you and I like that. I feel it is very important to give you feed back, and I will always find something positive to say.
See you all on Sunday.
Gladstone were the perfect end to a perfect day, playing for the evening do on our wedding day. Excellent music, good banter and they even provided the backing music for the best man, groom (plus a few others) to do a questionable rendition of Yellow Submarine, only recognisable as such because of the music! They were fantastic - everyone is still talking about it weeks later.
Thanks for a great night – we look forward to coming to see you play when we get back (from our honeymoon)
Ronnie and Jo
The Star Inn (7th September 2008)
Jason Warnes from 'Scooby Snaps' (see gallery for photos by Jason)
The Star Inn
7th September 2008
First introduced to this alternative original rock band at Egypt Cottage, I was
immediately inspired to go out and buy a CD and go watch them again at The Star Inn.
Ruth Thompson has the vocal range of a true hardcore professional and the energy of
an athlete which is infectious to the audience, creating an awesome feel good atmosphere.
Arty Thompson is without doubt a talented musician playing rock anthems alternatively
on the cello and electric guitar. Since leaving school I have not listened to much
classical music and 'Arty's' expression and attitude made me want to go out and investigate
this genre further and re-educate my musical inspiration.
Having seen John a few years ago with the King Snakes I was excited at having the prospects
of seeing him once more and was not disappointed with his performance as he held Gladstone
together with a solid back beat whilst still maintaining that Paul Newman like smile.
Snap Jacksons rendition on the acoustic of Plain White T's, 'Hey There Delilah' was awesome
and his grooves and collaboration with John made for a concrete foundation for the rest of
Gladstone to feed off.
I will definitely go and see Gladstone in the future on many more occasions and look forward
to whatever they throw at me at our next liaison.
You must read this review !!
The Daisy Hill, Sacriston (9th May 2008)
Jarek Mace (14th May 2008)
The Daisy Hill, Sacriston
Gladstone are a 4 piece band comprising of
9th May 2008
Ruth (Vocals and Keys)
Arty (Guitar, Cello)
Snap (bass, Guitar and vocals)
and John (drums)
I first heard of 'Gladstone' several years ago, when I was in Tubesnake.
Carl, owner of the 'Mill House' in Eighton Banks, financed a CD featuring his favourite artists that played at his pub.
'Gladstone' were one of the artists who recorded songs for the album entitled 'Sweetcorn'.
I was blown away by their version of Stings'
Fields of Gold' and on the strength of that,
purchased Gladstone's debut album of original
My first sighting of the band was at Rocketfest
2007 and again at Rocketfest 2008, where I
quickly snapped up their second album 'OPM'
(Other Peoples Music).
It's this that most of their set is based
Gladstone are very, very different from any
other band kicking about the north east music
The story goes that Ruth, basically a raunchy
rock chick inteh Alannis Morrisette genre
(that's from my 13 year odl daughter who is a
massive AM fan)
Met this very quiet, studious, classically
trained fella called Arty
They form a band with Snap and John..
and the two styles are fused perfectly...rock/pop with their own interpretation.
There's a lot of great use of the cello.
Blended with some 'oomph'...
The set started off with 'Don't Get Me Wrong' by the Pretenders followed by 'I'll Stand By You'.
A self penned track called 'Not Alone' was the first indication of what's to come from 'Gladstone's' third album.
I like the sound of this already.
'Substitute' and 'Stand By Me' lead into 'Snap
singinglead vocals on Jim morrison's 'Delilah'.
Ruth's banter with the crowd is good fun with
her scolding the crowd for clapping Snap's
vocals more than hers
'I'm not f*cking kidding' she laughed.
'Billy Jean' lead into 'Eloise' , dedicated to
Arty and Ruth's 3 year old daughter (oh yeah..I
forgot to mention they were married, but you
just have to listen to them scrapping on stage
to guess that anyway hahja)
'I breathed and put him off' complained Ruth as
she recieved a hacky look from her fella.
Then came a cello lead version of Sabbath's
Paranoid which was just further indication of
how different 'Gladstone' are...
The first set was deawn to a close with 'A
The second set contained more well known
material by The Likes of Bad Company, Buzzman
tails, White Stripes (with Snap again taking
lead vocals) and the high points of 'Eleanor
Rigby' and 'Paint it Black'.
By now the crowd were dancing away and made
Gladstone perform no less than 3 encores
including 'I Predict a Riot'.
Gladstone are one of my favourire local bands.
As well as all 4 being really nice people that
make you feel welcome at their gigs, they play
instantly recogniseable songs with a totally
The use of keyboards and cello in a lot of the
songs add a 'mournful' feel that make you sit
back and listen.
Ruth's vocals are raunchy at times but very
melodic and sweet and others.
Snap's a good singer as well and the rythm
section of him and John are nice and tight.
If you get the chance to se them or get a copy of any of their CD's you will not be disappointed.
Jarek Mace (14th May 2008)
Gladstone at Rocketfest 4
16th March 2008
Here's a little history.
Imagine there's this really raunchy rock chick
singer that's in a metal band....
She meets and falls for a quiet and very
talented classical musician who has never been
in a rock band but has been in several classical
They get married, have a lovely daughter and
decide to combine Arty's
classical training with
Ruth's obvious attitude....define
That's attitude haha.
Anyway, they got together with
Si on bass/guitar
and some vocals and John
on Drums to form Gladstone and created something
a little unique.
They do a lot of their own stuff but today we
were treated to their 'covers' set'.
They take great rock tunes like
'Eleanor Rigby' , 'Eloise'
and even 'Paranoid'
by Black Sabbath and
use a mix of electric, acoustic and even
classical instruments to spice it up.
They really are nice people and they had a lot
of fan's in the place...but not one I am afraid
Arty and Ruth's little daughter didn't like
mammy singing too loud and had to go outside to
have a bit protest and cry...wait til she is 13
and fronting a punk rock band...you'll remind
her of this hahahaha.
The use of the cello, Ruth's raunchy rocker
voice coupled with solid rhythm from John and
Si's ability to swap between bass, guitar and
even sing a bit (my missus particularly enjoyed
...make Gladstone a
band that could please rockers and mellower
I asked Laura to watch Ruth carefully for some
'stage presence' tips...whey man, she cannot
copy me can she...fat lad shouting 'let's go f*cking
crazy' and 'No , No please god help me' can she?
I have all of Gladstone's
albums now....okay there's only 2 on release but
I have them hehehe
No surprise that Gladstone
are Jarek's choice #6
Page (27th February 2008)
The Lochside, Newcastle Midweek gigs are usually low key affairs, wasn't
sure what to expect, had heard about this band on this very web page
so thought we would try them ourselves, and in summary - well it was
different to any other gig we had been too, in a nice way of course,
and it certainly was not a low key affair.
When I say different,
imagine Paranoid with Cello -- noo that’s different.
is, it really works. The band have a manic singer who never stands
still and totally entertains and is a true professional, even to the
point of getting the mike distance just right when she’s doing the
louder vocals, and what a voice she has, they covered Eleanor Rigby
which we think is one of the greatest beatles songs, and did it
total justice in their own style, the build up on the intro with the
cello was brilliant and the vocals were great, at times she reminded
us slightly of Eddie Reader, but her vocal range was immense and
changed to suit the songs. The cello also worked great on A Little
Respect and Eloise. These 3 songs were probably our highlights, but
then again they also did some modern classics in their own style
i.e. Seven Nation Army.
They are quite clever in that they only
use the cello in songs where it will enhance the song, so the whole
evening is not taken over by one instrument. Other songs were from
Annie Lennox, The Pretenders, a great version of Drove all Night and
one of our all time favourite "pop" songs Somewhere In My Heart.
We enjoyed them so much we bought the CD they have out called
OPS (other peoples songs).
For those of you who have not seen
Gladstone, give them a go. Ok, as has been said on other reviews,
it’s not heavy metal, but its damn fine rock music with a different
Oh - THE PUB, Well another pub trying hard to promote
live music, it’s a nice friendly pub with a good mix and we felt
very comfortable, only gripe was when we asked for another half inch
of coke in our Bacardi was told they would charge for a full glass,
which leaves a bitter taste but there ya go, can’t have
Paul and Bernie
Ginger Git's Gig Pit (4th June 2007) Note: You need to register for this site but it is worth
Gladstone at The Holystone
3rd June 2007
A rare night off and an even rarer night out with Mrs Gambit.
(Yes she does exist)
Any way she wanted to go to Tynemouth to some poxy bar so I
reminded her that Gladstone were a top band that I had mixed at
Rocketfest and that I really wanted to see them as they did a great
variety of music and I am sure she would love them.
I always try to get Mrs G out to see a band if we are going out.
It saves talking to her and if you don't talk you can't argue!
She gave in gently and we proceeded up to The Holystone.
Anyway for those of you who don't know this band consists of a
drummer, 3 percussionist's, 2 guitarists,3 lead vocalists, a kazoo
player, a keyboard player, a bass player and
a cello player. No it wasn't a 14 piece band it was four people that
swapped instruments all night. They played such a different mix of
music from The Beatles to Zeppelin plus a couple of their own. The
songs are executed in such a manor that you can't help tap you feet.
The musicianship from the band is outstanding. There are no weak
links. Arty on guitar, vocals and cello is a
music teacher as is Snap on bass guitar, guitar, kazoo and
percussion. The drummer I have seen around
in a different band, just can't remember
which, was solid as a rock. Arty's wife Ruth is the lead singer and
keyboard player. Apart from looking rather delightful her
performance is of an accomplished artist who loves what she is
doing. Her quirky little dance moves complemented the music without
being over the top. Her voice is fantastic and has a mixture of
Alanis Morissette, Cyndi Lauper and Sheryl Crowe in it. She handles
songs by Bad Company, The Stones to Aztec
Camera in her own unique style.
All in all a totally worthwhile trip. It may not be heavy metal
but it was great as can be testified by the presence of Davy Potter
and Kimberley who have seen the band on a number of occasions.
Mrs G came away happy and it wasn't just the drink!
I urge you metal fans to look further afield. This band is great
and deserve the support.
I would recommend them.
Page (12th February 2007)
The STAR INN, Newcastle
I’d seen the name GLADSTONE appear in local listings on a regular
basis, sometimes alongside local musician Pete Dodds, and along with
the bands’ name, I fell in to the trap of assuming that the band
played folky, lightweight kind of music…not my cup of tea at all.
Anyways, with there not being many gigs standing out that I could
easily get to on Saturday, I decided to drag a few friends down to
The Star Inn, Newcastle “ for an hour” and at least see some ‘live’
music. What a pleasant surprise when I got to the venue where a good
size crowd were in attendance watching the band who were a couple of
songs in to their first set.
Okay, not the heavy rock I’d much prefer, and not any folky music
either, but just some solid, punchy rock/pop covers from the female
fronted, four-piece group. A nice change having a ‘lass’ chanter who
sang some great songs usually you only hear in a male tone. A few
songs that stood out were Bad Company’s ‘Feel Like Making Love’ and
‘Eloise’ by The Dammed, the latter, one of a few songs played by
Arty swapping his guitar for a cello, as was ‘Eleanor Rigby’ with
the cello giving a rasping chunkiness sound.
The rhythm back line
was solid with an old familiar face, ex-Croutons drummer John
Cuthbert with the sticks and Snap (?) on bass and singing the odd
song. The lovely Ruth really got in to the gig, jumping, dancing
around, punching the air in time to the music and coped really well
in a range of music from The Rolling Stones, Cyndi Lauper, The
Buzzcocks, and Greenday just to mention a few. The crowd were very
enthusiastic and gave the band loads of applause after each song. So
instead of just a couple of quick pints, we just had to stay the
full gig!..and even saw the band again at The Holystone the next
night! Watch a video from that gig here>>>
Like I said, a great change from the norm! Four really nice
people who look like they’re having fun and loving what they do and
well worth catching if you fancy a night off from your usual heavy
|The Daisy Hill,
Sacriston (25th August 2006)
After missing a few weeks with hols and other reasons, it was
business as usual for me at the Daisy. Recently had a return visit
from GLADSTONE. They are a four-piece band (sometimes they use a
percussionist), who play a mix of light rock / pop songs. A canny
crowd were in for the gig. Fronted by the lovely Ruth, who sings
very well, plays keyboard and is a real mover, she with the swaying
hips J. Arty, Ruth’s partner plays guitar and for some songs
introduces an electric cello. Must say GLADSTONE are the only band
on the scene where I have seen such a weapon brandished so well, but
it is very effective with the chosen songs.
Simon Smith played a sound bass (never noticed any dancing bears
around J ) and John Cuthbert, drummer made up the back line.
GLADSTONE are a nice change from mainstream rock and the songs are
very well crafted with their own interpretation put on them. The
cello works well with Eloise, which was excellent, and it just
happens to be the name of Ruth & Arty's new arrival (awww). Nice
name, nice song. “Somewhere in my Heart” "Eleanor Rigby", "Drove All
Night" and the 'Stones' "Paint it Black" and “Sweet Dreams” ,
Lennox, were other songs where the cello featured to very good
effect. Other songs featured were, Brass in Pocket, Everybody's
Talking and I'll Stand By You and Feel like Making Love. I liked the
intro to Tainted Love (very good too) and more diversity followed in
Blue Bayou and Ever Fallen In Love by the Buzzcocks. Gladstone are
also writers of their own songs and 2 were featured here, Not Alone
and Relax. Arty sang Blackbird (McCartney), (Simon adding the
finishing touch perfectly with the birdcall J) and Simon also had a
solo piece with Greendays Good Riddance.
GLADSTONE play good solid music with great enthusiasm with Ruth's
excellent vocals and relaxed style at the fore. Speaking later Ruth
said they had enjoyed the gig and would love to come back again. No
problems there, GLADSTONE and are always welcome at the Daisy Hill.
See ya next year.
|Bundy Talent Website (8th
Sunday 8th May 2005
As reported on the main page,
Gladstone have been off the road for a while due to Ruth and Arty's
induction into the new parents club (so congratulations to them).
But now they are back and as good as ever.
Kicking off with
Brass in Pocket , there followed musically diverse numbers
in Everybody's Talking and Relax , and lyrically
diverse in Good Riddance and I'll Stand By You .
Gladstone are about good solid music with Ruth's excellent vocals at
the fore, but you get more than a straightforward gig with them. For
example they have a drummer AND a separate percussionist (toms,
chimes, maracas etc), and they are not averse to swapping things
around during the set. Let me explain (but do try and keep up). They
did the Beatles' Yesterday with guitarist Arty taking up
the cello, Snap swapping his bass for a banjo and drummer Colin
taking up guitar – confused? I was. And the rasping cello was kept
out for the first set closer Eloise , which was excellent,
and it just happens to be the name of Ruth & Arty's new arrival
(awww). Nice name, nice song.
No Matter What They Say
got the second set under way, and we were treated to the full
range of Ruth's vocals with the gentle Here Comes the Sun
(about a bloke waiting for his newspaper I think), and the
rockier Feel Like Making Love . Surprise tune of the night
was Tainted Love (very good too) and more diversity
followed in Blue Bayou and Ever Fallen In Love by
the Buzzcocks. Then it was quality all the way to the finish line
with Eleanor Rigby (the cello beefing this one up),
Drove All Night and Paint it Black rounding off
the gig. Your So Vain was the first encore number, by which
time I had to dash, so I can't report any further.
are like a breath of fresh air – not only because of the diversity
in sound, but looking through their set list there are so many songs
that are rarely heard on the pub circuit - and not a Wishing
Well in sight. Catch them if you can.
|South Shields Gazette (18th September
|Get Rhythm (24th July 2004): Ousburn
|This review from NorthEastMusic
(venue: The Flemming, Shotton, 31 January 2004).
Opening the gig with "Here Comes The Sun" we were immediately hit
by the very high standard and sheer class of this outfit, which left
you with the thought 'what are they doing here'.
Ruth spoke welcoming us to the night informing us that it would
be a mix of six or seven of there own penned tracks and covers. The
next two tracks "Sail Away" and "Relax" showed immediately that
there own stuff is brilliant so we all knew we were in for a great
By the time they eased there way thru covers like "Stand By You"
and Sting's "Fields Of Gold" Ruth added to her hauntingly beautiful
voice by getting more animated as the songs picked up pace.
The outstanding playing and clever arrangements of the band can
easily get forgotten as everyone in our team [all male] were
mesmerized by Ruth, how can someone who moves and looks that good be
such an excellent singer?
Getting towards the end of the first set Arty pulled out his
Cello and saved our professionalism by dragging us back to the
music, with a fantastic cover of the Beatles "Yesterday".
Colin and Jim started swapping instruments showing 'Gladstone' to
be a very strong musical unit as the set came to an end with a cover
of 'Extreme's' "More Than Words".
A couple of covers by 'The Pretenders' and 'Dusty Springfield'
kicked off the second set then the brilliant "Ego" their own song
about Ruth's pet hate, men who love themselves.
In the next track "Fever" check out Ruth's hips [but don't let
your missus catch you looking] also don't let Arty catch you either
as Ruth and he [seven foot at least in height] are partners.
After the cover "Blue Bayou" they played an exceptional track
from there new album "Her Great Day" during which a drunk found his
way to the stage nearly knocking over gear as he pranced about and
although it didn't seam to be off-putting to Ruth, the venue's staff
took far too long to get rid...
Another original song followed "Eleanor Rigby" and "Drove All
Night" and then into the 'Stones' "Paint it Black" to finish, and
the by now full crowd [swollen by extra people roaming in from the
wedding party next door] where treated to two encores "Long Train
Running" and "You're So Vane"...
Clever crafted songs written for Cello, Bass, Drums, clean
guitars and a beautiful female voice is not my usual cup of tea but
this act is so classy and of a standard above all else that they
instantly went to the top of my must see again list...
Go and fall in love with them yourselves...
FS, DH and AG for NEM...