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LIVE AT THE BEDFORD

We are excited to be starting live music back at The Bedford again, however, due to the Covid-19 situation, we have had to make some fundamental changes to the way the evenings run in order to make sure the environment is safe for everyone.

Tonight’s show is FREE entry, but everyone needs to book in advance – there will be a ticket link below – Sadly we have limited capacity and no ability for people to walk in and stand, everyone needs to have a seat, There will of course be a full menu and table service throughout the night to look after you all.

For anyone unable to make it in person we will be streaming the show live (our 17th year of live streaming) via the Facebook page – www.facebook.com/thebedfordpub

Doors open at 7pm and we ask everyone to come early enough and stay long enough to enjoy all the performances, as we are unable to use a table for other people  if you arrive late, leave early or aren’t able to make it. Due to tier 2 regulations, you can only have one household or support bubble per table. Thank you for understanding.

This evening we have live music from:

8:00pm JADE LIKE THE STONE

8:30pm MARTIN YATES

9:30pm TOM SAIL

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8:00pm JADE LIKE THE STONE


Jade Danielle Williams (aka Jade Like The Stone) was born into a Welsh/Italian family and raised in the one time Welsh Capital, Merthyr Tydfil, in South Wales. A town named, according to legend, in tribute to Tydfil, the daughter of King Brychan of Brycheiniog; a woman slain by pagans in the 5th Century.

Despite the industrial nature of her working class family, rooted as it was in the coal mining and steel industries of the region, there were artistic influences at hand too. Jade’s Great Grandfather was the noted tenor, William Burke, a world-touring singer and recording artist of the 1920’s, and her pianist grandmother won a scholarship Royal College of Music, (even if she was subsequently dissuaded by the family from taking it up). Jade grew up with that Grandmother and subsequently began learning piano from the age of 5. Such was her skill with the instrument that early aspirations minded towards a career as a classical pianist, until, post puberty, Jade’s voice came to the fore. A remarkable instrument that could tackle Welsh folk, Italian Arias, German Leider, modern pop and more with equal aplomb; a voice which led to her being a finalist in the national Eisteddfod, forerunning, at the age of 15, a full scholarship to the prestigious Wells Cathedral School. A notable career in Opera seemed to beckon until the tragic death of her drowned brother, led to a re-evaluation of her life plans and aspirations, spawning a renewed need to follow her own wants and wills, rather than ceed to the expectations of others.

Moving to London, Jade slowly reunited with music, this time forming the post modern rock band ‘Du Bellows’, a band described by Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page as “by far one of the most interesting and musically adept bands I have seen recently. There is a cosmic counterpoint alive and well here”. As well undertaking sessions for other producers and artists, in 2018 Jade even – albeit semi-seriously – accepted an invitation to appear on TV’s ‘The Voice’ where she gained a place, appropriately enough, on the team of legendary Welsh singer Tom Jones.

But really all this has been a forerunner to Jade’s desire to make music on her own terms as a solo artist, which she is set to do in 2019.

Not only a noted musician and remarkable vocalist, Jade is a poet and lyricist drawing on not just her own very rich personal life experiences but also the Jurassic landscape and scenery of her home town, Welsh folklore, Celtic mysticism, and the strong matriarchal influences of her childhood, underpinned as they are by a strong public school education and general aptitude for literature and language.

Musically the expressionist colours of composers such as Debussy, along with the harmonies and tonal qualities of the Renaissance, have all helped shape Jade’s own ear and songwriting. This plus her musical training in everything from Opera to Folk with, of course, the added influence of many genres of modern music from classic acts like the Doors, Beatles and Neil Young to more contemporary influences such as Jill Scott, Massive Attack and Modest Mouse, to name but a few. A large melting pot indeed which informs and influences her music to unparalleled effect.

All of which points to a unique proposition with a rich tapestry of possibilities. Certainly a voice like no other; a signature voice and a signature style of songwriting, And somehow a very Welsh voice, in every sense of the word, musical and otherwise..

“You have a superstar voice. Your voice sounds like a logo – like Jennifer Hudson’s voice is a logo, like Beyoncé’s voice is a logo, Kate Bush’s voice is a logo. You have that uniqueness to your voice !” – Will.i.am


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8:30pm MARTIN YATES


Martin Yates, a soulful singer/songwriter from the U.K brings a renewed, fresh and honest element to music that hasn’t been heard in years. Yates, a songwriter unafraid to delve into the depths of the most personal moments in his life, is an artist in a category all by himself. With just 4 singles under his belt, Martin Yates has the ability to not only bring people in by his lyrics, but also the way his voice is undeniably telling a story along with it. In a career spanning only 3 years, Yates is an artist not only known for his songwriting technique, but a raw performer that knows no borders in giving his audience a night to remember. With a sold out show at Birmingham’s ‘The Sunflower Lounge’ in February 2019 and a show at prestigious venue ‘O2 Academy 3 Birmingham’, Martin has honed his craft both in the studio and also live. With 2017’s much hyped single ‘Fire In My Heart’, Yates saw himself receiving national radio play, as well as performing up and down the country including shows at various venues around London. The single has become his most known song with his audience. Martin Yates has created a genre all for himself, first introduced with 2019’s ‘Lay It On Me’, followed by single ‘Let Your Love’, Yates’ only offering of 2020. Following the lead single, November 2020 saw the release of the acoustic rendition, gaining over 24,000 streams combined since November. His latest single, ‘Yesterday’, was released on February 26th to an overwhelming reception. Yates plans to tour in 2021.

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9:30pm TOM SAIL


“Absolutely Gorgeous, beautiful singer as well” Lilian Smith, RTE Radio 1 (on Please Be Cruel)

“British frontman takes his cues from The War On Drugs for wistful indie-rock jam” – GearSlutz

“Melodic guitar arrangements and euphoric songwriting abilities” – Scientists of Sound

“Bold and driven new offering sets Tom as one of the more storytelling-based artists working today” – Fame Magazine

Tom Sail is a singer and songwriter originally from Manchester and currently based in Kentish Town, North London. After fronting BBC Introducing favourites band Jolanga for 5 years, Tom Sail has now turned his attention to his melodic and more considered solo career. His relatable style combines catchy melodies and thoughtful lyrics, influenced by Dylan’s storytelling and Adam Granduciel’s dreamy soundscapes.

His previous singles include Hold Me Closer and Two Weeks, released on his own Grim Fandango Records, and his previous shows include a sold out show at The Old Blue Last, The Finsbury and Manchester Academy 3. His Album “All There Is, Is This…” is due out in 2021.

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