YORK musician, writer and storyteller Miles Salter's new band, Miles & The Chain Gang, play their first proper gig at The Crescent community venue, off Blossom Street, on February 15.

Joining songwriter, singer and guitarist Miles in the line-up are percussionist Billy Hickling, from the hit drumming show Stomp; former Bogus Brothers bassist Tim Bruce; harmonica player Mark Ellerker and guitarist Alan Dawson.

"We take our cues from songwriters such as Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison and Neil Young," says Miles. "Add in a touch of country, some new wave influences and a pinch of classic soul, and you have a potent mixture. These are great songs, well delivered with punch and considerable heart."

Support slots go to pop-punk band Sauce and acoustic wizard Simon Snaize. "Sauce play original melodic punk with shades of Iggy Pop," says Miles."Lead singer Lol Henderson wrote many songs in the late 1980s and performed them around London venues. The band have played Fibbers in York and have had tracks aired on BBC Introducing.

"Simon Snaize is a York singer and songwriter with over 20 years’ experience. His work has encompassed composing, production and session playing. He's a versatile performer and has played solo, in duos and with York’s top bands."

Tickets for this 7.30pm gig cost £6 from Earworm Records, in Powells Yard, Goodramgate, or The Crescent in person or at seetickets.com

Miles, who is a regular reviewer for The Press, is also working on a couple of writing projects: a new collection of poems and a novel. "More news about these soon," he says.