JIM BOB (CARTER USM)+ DAN DONNELLY

As the singer of Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine Jim Bob had 14 top 40 singles and a number one album, selling over a million records, touring the world and headlining Glastonbury. After initially splitting in 1997, Carter USM reformed ten years later for a series of huge sold out shows until they called it a day again in 2014.

Outside of Carter Jim Bob has had a long and varied solo music career. He has released eight solo albums and written songs for Ian Dury and for the 2006 Barbican production of Mark Ravenhill’s ’Dick Whittington & His Cat’, directed by Edward Hall and starring Trigger from ‘Only Fools and Horses’. In August 2010 Jim Bob made his Edinburgh Fringe debut in the Ward and White musical ‘Gutted, A Revenger’s Musical’.

Jim Bob (AKA J.B. Morrison) has written four novels –‘Storage Stories’ (Ten Forty Books), ‘Driving Jarvis Ham’ (Harper Collins) and ‘The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81’ and ‘Frank Derrick’s Holiday of a Lifetime’ (Pan Macmillan), both written under the name J.B. Morrison and translated into French, Italian, German, Japanese, Turkish, Czech and Dutch.

Jim Bob’s autobiography ‘Goodnight Jim Bob – On The Road With Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine’ was published by Cherry Red Books in 2004. The sequel ‘Jim Bob from Carter’ was published by Cherry Red Books on March 21 2019. In October, Jim Bob and his band will play four U.K. shows, including one in Birmingham.

Jim Bob Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the official music video for ‘Battling The Bottle’ below:


Growing up in Belfast, Dan Donnelly played in a number of local bands, finding success in Ireland with Watercress, a four-piece acoustic folk-rock band for whom he played guitar, mandolin, percussion and “plumbing” (a home-made didgeridoo). They released six EPs between 1995 and 1998, when they released their one album, Bummer, all on their own local label, Creeping Herb. The Donnelly-penned Candlemaker reached the No.1 position on the Irish Indie Chart. Watercress disbanded in early 2001.

After the demise of Watercress, Donnelly moved to New York to pursue a solo career. Whilst there he released two studio albums, Bootleg (2005), and Yearning a Living (2007), which received extensive airtime on BBC Radio, as well as one live album Live in NYC (2008). Donnelly also played as a session musician for several artists, including Joy Zipper.

Donnelly has toured extensively, performing solo shows and supporting artists such as The Levellers, Oysterband, Seth Lakeman, Damien Dempsey, and Duke Special. He has also performed as part of the live bands of The Levellers, Oysterband and Joy Zipper. His own recording and touring live band, Sonovagun, has included Ali McMordie of Stiff Little Fingers on bass guitar and television composer Roy Harter on keyboards and theremin.

Donnelly has become a favourite act on the UK summer festival circuit, having performed at Glastonbury Festival’s Leftfield stage, Beautiful Days festival, The Big Session, and various festivals throughout Europe.

In 2018 Dan has become the lead singer and guitarist for French super group Celtic Social Club After a string of successful European festival performances they are working on an album due for release in 2019.

Dan Donnelly Links: Facebook | Twitter | Spotify

Watch the official music video for ‘I Don’t Care’ below:


Indie Rewind DJ set. Before and after the gig enjoy some 80s and 90s tunes from the bands who shared the best era of alternative music with Carter USM.

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