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Rhythm + Blues
Built For Comfort emerged from the ashes of Swindon based, The Hot Tamales in July 2002. Founder members Alec Adams and Bill Jones were joined by Phil Tait on drums, Chris Goddard on bass and John Ingleson on guitar.
Bill and Alec had met in the summer of 2000 when Alec was seeking harmonica lessons. Bill knew Chris from many years of playing together in The Vindaloo Brothers, Phil was a chance encounter from working with a TV leasing company and John answered a local advert by the boys for a guitarist. And then the story began. By the summer of 2004 the band had played over 65 gigs together, averaging about one a week.
Now, over a decade and hundreds of gigs later, Built For Comfort have turned into one of the tightest, rocking Rhythm and Blues outfits on the circuit today! The recent addition of Blues guitar maestro Michael King on guitar and Simon Needler on Hammond organ and piano have added a new dimension to the band. Little wonder they wow audiences wherever they play!
Built For Comfort have supported among others Wilco Johnson, Paul Lamb And The Kingsnakes and Ben Waters.
Pub, Restaurant & Accomodation
One of Arkell's and Swindon's newest built pubs, The Jovial Monk opened its doors to the public on 15 November 2000.
Located at St Andrew's Ridge on the Abbey Meads estate, it serves a growing local population in north Swindon.
- overnight en-suite accommodation with disabled access
- just off A419 Swindon-Cirencester road
- easy access to M4 & M5
- regular social evenings; live music and quiz nights
- full SKY Sports & BT Sport
The pub also offers overnight accommodation, with six bedrooms - all with en-suite facilities.
Disabled visitors will be pleased to see that Arkell's have paid particular attention to their needs. Access to all areas has been extremely well thought out. This includes the bedrooms which are accessible via a stair-lift.
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