Half Moon presents:

New Moon - A Night of New Music

Josh Taerk + Nick Tann Band + Eugene Ripper + Melanie Denard & Muddy Manninen + James Death Ray

Half Moon - Putney, London

£2.50 adv
Entry Requirements: 18+ after 7pm

A night of new music and discovery. Singer-songwriters, bands, poets, performance artists...

Only £2.50 entry. Food served until 10pm. Doors open 7:30pm.

If you would like to perform at a future New Moon please apply via music@halfmoon.co.uk

Line Up

Josh Taerk (pronounced Turk) was born in Toronto, Canada.

Max Weinberg (Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band) calls Josh, “the most exciting new talent I have come across in years.” Josh and Max have been working together since 2010 when Max asked Josh to open for Max and his band in South Orange New Jersey. Then in 2011, Josh joined Max at Summerfest in Milwaukee to pay tribute to the late Clarence Clemons of The E Street Band. This past October 2017, Max once again asked Josh to join him onstage and sing “Thunder Road” at The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Canada.

Josh released his new EP Stages on October 20th 2017 and it has been receiving airplay on 80 Triple A Radio stations across North America. His most recent single off of the EP “Anywhere Love Took Us” has over 30,000 streams on Spotify and Josh’s cover of Rita Ora’s “Your Song,” has been playlisted on Spotify as well.

After returning from his most recent U.K. tour, January of 2018, Josh released the first single off of Stages, “Learning To Let Go,” to national and regional radio in the U.K. The single has been placed in rotation on 68 stations across the country.

His most recent live shows in both The U.K. and U.S. awed crowds and industry representatives alike. Lyrically Speaking Magazine raves, “the audience could feel the passion and enthusiasm Josh puts into his music...you can instantly tell that he has a large and confident presence onstage,” and the Bournemouth Daily Echo described Josh as a “rising star hailed as the new boss.”

In 2017 & 2016 Josh toured North America opening for / playing with Max Weinberg, Kevin Costner & Modern West, Jon McLaughlin, and Austin Jones amongst others.

With the high energy of his live shows, Josh was named one of the “Top 5 Live Acts” of 2015 by acclaimed music writer Jason Richie and Josh’s previous album, Here’s To Change, was chosen as one of the top 25 albums of the year. In 2015, the title track off of Here’s To Change was play-listed on over 40 radio stations throughout The U.K.

Josh has been key support on 3 tours (2012-2013), and headlined 2 university tours (2013 & 2015) throughout The U.K. He also made it to the semi-finals of Indie Week Canada’s 2014 Band Competition and was then invited to play 5 shows at Indie Week Europe 2015 in Manchester. In April 2011, Josh played 2 shows at the Aspen Songwriters Festival hosted by John Oates (Rock & Roll Hall of Famer). Oates recorded background vocals on 2 songs off of Josh’s Here’s To Change album and said of Josh and his song writing, “I've enjoyed getting to know Josh & his music over the last few years…I think ‘Here’s To Change’ is his best work to date.”


Nick Tann’s impressive song crafting, explores the space around it through deft and dexterous additional musical textures and hues.

A chilled yet structurally robust British folk take on Americana heartland traditions whilst the familiar building blocks of Jazz, blues and country all play their part.

Eugene Ripper is Canadian punk alt folk pioneer. From his roots with first wave surf punk rockers Stark Naked and the Fleshtones and through an storied solo career featuring a unique mashup of punk, folk, roots and rock and roll, Ripper has proven again and again, from coast to coast and around the world, to be an entertaining performer, a cool storyteller and a gritty authentic post modern rocker. Ripper lands at The Half Moon promoting his latest recording “ Fast Folk Underground 4.0 ”

“­ One of Canada’s most respected yet underexposed songwriters ” TORONTO STAR.

" Ripper puts spikes back in folk music." VANCOUVER PROVINCE.

Former Wishbone Ash guitarist Muddy Manninen & Melanie Denard singer from Atlanta's MADAM COMPANY Tribute Band will be peforming bluesy originals and a collection of memorable Covers


Melanie Denard started singing in church at a very young age. She attended a high school for the Performing Arts in Atlanta GA

and traveled the world performing with an international touring company. After high school, she joined the Southeastern Savoyards Light Opera Company performing in many stage shows.In 2003, she was a top 5 finalist in two cities (Atlanta and New York) for the VH1 series,‘Born To Diva’ which aired on television. Celebrity judges included Cory Rooney, Kelly Rowland of Destiny’s Child, Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas and Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins of TLC. Melanie was the lead singer of several bands spanning many years and honed her vocal skills studying, writing and recording with Jan Smith of Jan Smith Studios in Atlanta. In 2006, she had the opportunity to move to Nashville TN to pursue her career. While there, she recorded an album,

‘Dare To Live’ with Dan Friszell at Legends Studio while studying voice with Renee Grant Williams. Melanie released 2 singles and promoted them by going on many radio tours throughout the southeast. She was also one of the lead singers in an all female Eagles tribute band called the ‘Sheagles’.The band toured for a few years and played at the House Of Blues in Houston TX and in Winslow, AZ just to name a few.

She moved back to Georgia in 2010 and continued singing for the Melanie Denard Band.In 2016, she had the idea of forming a tribute band paying homage to the legendary music of Bad Company, Free and Paul Rodgers. It is aptly named ‘Madam Company’ as it is the only Bad Company tribute band with a female singer.

The band is managed by Lucy Piller of All Right Now Entertainment.

Melanie will be touring the UK with Lucy Piller and Muddy Manninen (previously of Wishbone Ash) in October 2018 performing originals and covers. She will also be going in to the studio to record vocals for an original song written by Muddy.


Muddy Manninen has been a professional guitarist and songwriter since 1979. He has written for, recorded with, and toured globally with Wishbone Ash since 2004. Muddy has recorded 4 studio albums with Wishbone Ash, and was the main song writer on the last three albums, including the critically acclaimed “Blue Horizon”, which put Wishbone Ash back to the forefront of twin harmony rock guitar bands.

Muddy Manninen left Wishbone Ash in the spring of 2017 to pursue a solo career. “Long Player” is his first solo album. The album features guest appearances from Gregg Sutton, Jenny Darren, Hughie Flint and Patsy Gamble to name a few.

Since 2013 Muddy’s been part of Hipkiss, a band that also features Patsy Gamble on sax and vocals, and in 2017 he joined Jenny Darren’s Ladykillers.

Muddy will be touring the UK with Melanie Denard from the USA in Oct 2018

Performing Originals and covers, They will also be going in to the studio to record a fabulous Muddy song.

Acoustic Singer/Songwriter from South East London.

Lyrically focussed songs from alternative realities and surreal dreamscapes.

Following a run of shows in London over the last year, a new EP is on the way, as well as a single release with a band called Glue Men which is out later this year. The most recent release from the band -The Doldrums EP - is available from most streaming platforms including Spotify, iTunes, Amazon.