Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. + Our Quiet Friends @ NAC 11 October 2019

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There is often a danger of getting carried away with excitement and anticipation for an imminent gig by a favourite band but I couldn’t help it with this one.  The extraordinary Acid Mothers Temple on their annual stop-off in Norwich were to be playing the Norwich Arts Centre for the first time, also being one of the first “loud” rock acts to put the new PA and lighting systems through their paces.  On top of that local favourites Our Quiet Friends were supporting and also launching their new EP and the gig also took on extra signifance falling on the following day of what would have been Adam Gifford’s 49th birthday. We saw AMT together several times and I knew they were one of his favourites too.  So, with all this weight of expectation it was testament to both bands, the venue and the new system that when I got home at the end of the night my reaction about the gig was:

“It’s always special when your favourite venue books your favourite bands. Tonight though … ! Acid Mothers Temple put the NAC’s new PA and stunning lighting systems through their paces and I don’t really think I have the words to describe their set. I’ll just try one though. Magnificent.”

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The following day I am probably able to try and find a few more words but my sense of awe and incredulity remains for what was not only an extraordinary musical experience but also quite spiritual too, several friends remarked they felt something of Adam’s presence there and even more claimed this was the best gig of the year they’d been to. I also heard Dan from the Vagaband claim it was ” … knocking on the door of my top ten gigs of all time…”  We have often thought AMT channel and felt it particularly at this gig.

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The evening opened in powerful style with a strong and confident set by Our Quiet Friends who I loved the first time I saw them but they get better every time I see them.  Explaining their love of trees and the environment they segued the songs into one another in a very effective way, also splitting vocal duties between Ed and Leo and with Joe on drums the whole band’s shared influences all coming to the fore in a brilliant form from this trio.

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There was no messing from Acid Mothers Temple either, they took to the stage and the set just exploded in a wall of noise right from the get-go.  This was my fifth time seeing them and they are quite different each and every time (last year they had a flautist).  They certainly broke in the new PA effectively, I could feel the bass from under the stage in my legs!  Although the sound is now contained effectively within the hall, being inside it was loud. Very loud, and one of those extremely special gigs where band, venue, and audience all fit perfectly together on the same wavelength and transported by the band. Along with clean, powerful sound and the best example yet of just what the new lighting setup can do it made for an unforgettable experience.  Definitely another one of my gigs of the year.  I’m glad it was held here too, the NAC just seems like the right fit for them and they clearly felt the special energy that we on the floor also felt. The music had elements of psych and krautrock with superb musicianship from all of them, the display of drumming especially was as exhausting to watch as it was impressive. It was breathtaking actually.

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I love this quote from Kawabata Makoto, I wonder if these musical wizards from Japan tuned into Adam’s frequency at some point in the set? I rather think they might have done. And I still can’t think of a better word to describe the night than Magnificent.

‘Music, for me, is neither something that I create, nor a form of self-expression. All kinds of sounds exist everywhere around us, and my performances solely consist of picking up these sounds, like a radio tuner, and playing them so that people can hear them’ ~Kawabata Makoto

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“The sprawling universe of that is Acid Mothers Temple was formed in 1995 by Kawabata Makoto. Originally titled the Acid Mothers Temple soul-collective and encompassing musicians, dancers, artists, farmers, channellers, ex-yakuza, mermaid researchers and professional vagrants, the collective has always had at its core a dedication to improvised music. Now with a history of over two decades, and a discography of over one hundred releases, which is not to mention the numerous solo and side-project releases which encompass everything from drone, acid-folk, acapella, to minimalist composition, the group show no signs of relenting in the pace of their creative energy.

In December 2017 Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO welcomed new vocalist Jyonson Tsu, and performed an initial show together in Tokyo at the Annual Acid Mothers Temple Festival. Sadly this era also marked the departure from the band of long-standing member Mitsuru Tabata. This new incarnation of the AMT collective, featuring founders Kawabata and Higashi, at the helm, plus the recently recruited rhythm section of Sakamoto and Uchida who joined the group in 2015. The band tour Europe in this new incarnation for the first time in Autumn 2018.”

Sometimes compared to Gong they tonight included their version of Flying Teapot and the cheers were audible when people recognised to opening notes of one their own most well known songs, Pink Lady Lemonade. Different every time but always phenomenal. One of the best and most immersive live bands around this gig will live long in the memory of all who were there, so special to see them in this most treasured venue with a great and sizable crowd, and boy did the new lighting and PA pass with flying colours too! The audience was a healthy mix of gig-goers ranging from rockers to proggers, punks, stoners and hippies and everything inbetween, of all ages, reflecting the appeal and infuences of this unique band.

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Wild Paths Festival 18-20 October 2019

The first Norwich Wild Paths Festival opens this week, with over 200 acts spread over three days and seventeen venues across the city, like a bigger version of the Sound and Vision Festival it features music, conferences, light installations, graffiti artists, djs and much more besides.  Our friends at Life in a Fine City have done an excellent preview of the festival and you can also find the full schedule, ticket info etc. at the Wild Paths Festival website.

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There are some of the finest local acts involved as well as a huge number of visiting national and international artists.  It all kicks off on Thursday evening.

 

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‘Norwich is an enchanting place… music emanates from little hubs of creativity scattered across the city and down every winding path there’s something wild to discover.’
Wild Paths is a brand new city-wide music festival launching this year in Norwich. The festival will take over all of the city’s best-loved music venues for three days in October, showcasing an eclectic mix of emergent and established artists. Scheduled to run from the evening of Friday 18th October until the night of Sunday 20th October, with a pre-festival warm up party at Norwich Arts Centre on the evening of Thursday 17th October.
Our vision for Wild Paths is to bring artists of national and international notoriety to Norwich, and to shine a spotlight over the city and all the talent that resides here. We’ll also be staging conferencing and discussion panels featuring key figures from different sectors of the music industry.
Individual venue line-ups will be staggered and carefully curated and all participating venues will be in walking distance of each other.
Weekend passes will be available along with individual day passes, after-party passes and a limited run of VIP passes (including access to all events and a WP tote bag with a few goodies from our sponsors).
We’ve reached out to a variety of businesses to create mutually beneficial sponsorship arrangements and have already formed some exciting brand partnerships. (for more details on this contact the relevant WP team member and request a ‘Wild Paths Partnership Pack’).
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Defying Gravity: An evening with Jordan & Cathi Unsworth @ NAC for Punk in the East 8 October 2019

This event was a Punk in the East fundraiser at Norwich Arts Centre which featured punk icon Jordan and Norfolk author Cathi Unsworth in coversation. The two of them have worked together to produce the recently published book Defying Gravity: Jordan’s Story. Punk in the East has one of the best punk archives in the country and is growing all the time, this super event should ensure its maintenance and funding for the next twelve months.  It was deservedly sold out too with standing room only, nice as well to see so many familiar faces and genuine characters.

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Jordan is sometimes referred to as the first Sex Pistol, one of the very first punks, travelling to London from her Seaford home she encountered many problems just for the way she looked: “I commuted for about two years. I had some real bad dos on the train. I had tourists trying to pay me for my photo…worse than that, mothers saying that I’m upsetting their children and debauching them and how dare I get on a train looking like that. Somebody tried to throw me off the train one day, literally out the door, so British Rail told me to go sit in first class, get out of trouble.”  She worked at that time at SEX, the boutique on the King’s Road run bt Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren and of course this was where the Sex Pistols were borne, Johnny Rotten auditioning by miming to Alice Cooper’s Eighteen on the shop jukebox. She later went on to manage Adam and the Ants and worked as an actress, appearing in Derek Jarman’s Sebastiane and Jubilee as well as appearing in the Pistol’s biopic by Julien Temple, The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle. These days, if it was possible to love her even more, she works as a veterinary nurse and breeds Burmese cats.

 

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In 1976 I was just 12 and a little too young to be fully immersed in the first wave of punk (not that this stopped some of my contemporaries living extraordinary punk adventures) and was more consumed by the post-punk era but always loved the music of the first explosion, so I knew the characters, bands and reference points even if I was not at the gigs. Which made this evening thoroughly fascinating, enlightening and hugely entertaining. Jordan and Cathi shared great stories during the chat, answered some questions from the floor and in the bar afterwards happily signed copies of the book and posed for photos. Both of them really nice people too.  I cannot wait to get stuck into Defying Gravity, I purchased my copy on the night but a few signed copies may still be available at The Book Hive in Norwich.

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This was a really good event, engaging, amusing, enlightening and insightful with good questions and a wonderful audience. Unsurprisingly, there was a sizable queue to buy the book and meet the authors. One day I hope we will also have a book by our own Norwich punk legend, Jonty Young!  I’d love to hear more his stories.

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“Few people can claim to be living icon’s, but Jordan certainly can. The first Sex Pistol, she embodied punk through her self-creation, working with Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood on London’s Kings Road to define a generation.

Her autobiography, written with Norfolk-born author Cathi Unsworth, was much anticipated. Now published, its tales of traffic accidents, sex pistols, Adam’s ants and impeccable style have been ecstatically received.

An evening with Jordan and Cathi will lift the lid on the book and the stories in contains, allowing audiences to ask the questions they’ve always wanted to ask a veritable living legend.”

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The image of Jordan in her white shards of beehive and Mondrian make-up is one of the most iconic in pop history. But nobody knows what was really going on behind those watchful eyes when Anarchy hit the UK. How did a ballet-mad girl from sleepy Sussex make her way, via the clandestine gay clubs of Brighton and London, to 430 King’s Road and the eye of punk’s storm? How could she share hair-raising adventures with McLaren and Westwood, The Sex Pistols, Adam and his Ants, Derek Jarman and Andy Warhol, and then just disappear? With commentary from key players including Vivienne Westwood, Paul Cook, Marco Pirroni, Holly Johnson, and her partner behind the SEX/Seditionaries counter, Michael Collins, plus a wealth of never-before-seen images from Simon Barker, Sheila Rock, and Harri Peccinotti, Jordan finally reveals her outrageous life story.

 

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Afterwards I headed over the road to The Reindeer where Piano and Pizza has relocated from Platform Twelve.  I had missed Peter T and Selena Hawker who played earlier in the evening but caught beautiful piano playing from host Robyn Owen, cathartic, heartfelt songs from Slightly Offensive Steve and some spoken word from Peter Jay. A nice way to end the evening.  Next up is Shane’s Shenanigans at The Reindeer on Thursday followed by the big one. Acid Mothers Temple with Our Quiet Friends at Norwich Arts Centre on Friday.  AMT were one of Adam Gifford’s big favourites and we attended several of their Norwich gigs together, it falls on the day after what would have been his 49th birthday which feels significant and symbolic. It’s a guaranteed great gig and will have an added dimension thinking of a notable absentee in the audience for a band he described as “channeling” the music, which indeed they do.

 

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Pat Thomas & the Kwashibu Area Band @ NAC 2 October 2019

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Last Wednesday Pat Thomas and the Kwashibu Area Band brought some Ghanaian High-Life music to Norwich Arts Centre with supporting dj sets from Soul Stew and Tropical Shakedown. There was a great atmosphere in the hall with dancing in all corners from the good sized crowd, even the aisles to the side of the stage where the sound is now excellent two what with the new PA and an additional speaker either side for those preferring not to be right down at the front.

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Pat Thomas and the Kwashibu Area Band

 

“The modern-day leaders of Ghanaian highlife music are back!

 

Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band’s sophomore release ‘Obiaa!’, produced by Kwame Yeboah and Ben Abarbanel-Wolff at Lovelite Studio’s analogue HQ in Berlin, is a deep and soulful journey into the heart of Ghana’s indigenous highlife music celebrating the timeless and iconic voice of Pat Thomas, the 72 year-old “Golden Voice of Africa”.

 

After producing Ebo Taylor’s seminal albums ‘Love and Death’ and ‘Appia Kwa Bridge’ for Strut Records, in 2014 Ben Abarbanel-Wolff approached Kwame Yeboah, Ghana’s top contemporary instrumentalist and bandleader, to work on a new project: “We initially wanted to invite Pat back into the studio with Ebo Taylor and Tony Allen to recreate and expand on some of the vibes they had recorded together during a lost session in 1977,” Ben explains. Recorded in Accra, the result was the critically acclaimed self-titled debut album ‘Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band’ in 2015.

 

Pat and the Kwashibu Area Band (named after Kwame’s neighbourhood in Accra) hit the road in October 2015. After a memorable performance at WOMEX in Budapest, they never looked back. The next two years took them around the world to play at major venues and festivals including Glastonbury, Roskilde, WOMAD, Sakifo, WOMADelaide, Sines and many more. “We could see there was something for everyone in our music. People of all ages, colours and trends were dancing together!’ explains Kwame, the mastermind behind the band’s unbelievable precision and killer live show.

 

The new album is called ‘Obiaa!’ which means ‘Everybody!’. Tracks include the modern parables ‘Onfa Nkosi Hwee’ warning against arrogance and ‘Odo Ankasa’ about the value of real love and trust as well as a great new cover of Thomas’ Afro-disco favourite ‘Yamona’. “Playing highlife around the world taught us what we had to do to move our sound forward,” continues Ben. While simultaneously looking back towards the classic days of highlife and forward to a fresh revival of the guitar band sound, this album cements Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band’s position at the pinnacle of modern African music.

 

‘Obiaa!’ is released on all formats on 4th October The album features exclusive cover artwork by Lewis Heriz with photos by Marie Weikopf and Michelle Chiu and is mastered by E?douard Bonan at Ed-Room Studio in Paris.”

 

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Jim Jones and the Righteous Mind + Ravenous Hounds @ Waterfront Studio 26 September 2019

Almost two and a half years since they played a blistering gig in the same venue Jim Jones and the Righteous Mind made a welcome return to the Norwich Waterfront Studio and blew the roof off once again.

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On that occasion support was from Beast With a Gun, this time it was another of my favourites, Ravenous Hounds who of course feature a couple of members who also play in Beast With a Gun. Powerful, loud and impressive with a great energy, I love hearing them and their garage punk rock featuring guitars, drums, synths and sax. They were the perfect start to an evening of heavy rock and roll and set the tone. Some in the audience were hearing them for the first time and I know that those I spoke to afterwards were impressed, as everyone always is. Their excellent recently released album is available here.

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Jim Jones and the Righteous Mind went straight into it, they look every inch the part and these rock ‘n’ rollers were absolutely phenomenal and gloriously loud. Dirty and heavy with tinges of garage rock, psych, voodoo and blues this five piece were compelling from beginning to end … and I’ve never seen a pedal steel played in such a rock fashion, along with the guitars, bass, drums and keys! Great stuff.

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Touring new album CollectiV this was actually billed as the Get Down Get With It Tour alongside the limited edition pink vinyl 7″ of this classic known also famously by Slade and Little Richard. To hear Get Down Get With It live and loud and stompy was a brilliant treat.

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Another superb cover in the set was The Beatles’ Helter Skelter which was gloriously wild, they clearly had a blast playing it. Great scenes in the Studio with band and audience on the same wavelength and go-go dancer Moana Santana from LA at the side of the stage.

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During an epic Base is Loaded both Jim Jones and guitarist Malcolm Troon disappeared off into the audience only to resurface at the far end of the room on the bar!  This was such a cool moment in a stunning gig. I think they enjoyed it as much as we did, the following day posting this on Facebook: Oof! You know it’s been a good night when even the security team tell you how much they enjoyed show and how everyone was talking about it on the way out! Norwich – you were absolutely fantastic last night!”  There aren’t too many like Jim Jones about these days so gigs like this and bands like this are to be cherished. One of the best live acts around, if you get the chance, see them! This was one of those memorable nights where for a couple of hours you forget about everything outside of these four walls (there was no roof by the end of it), dirty punk rock ‘n’ roll at its best. Cathartic and energising, just what was needed and people were buzzing as they filed out of the venue.

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The Waterfront presents

Jim Jones & the Righteous Mind

The Waterfront Studio
Thursday 26th September 2019
Doors 7.30pm
14s+
£13 Advance STBF

Support from Ravenous Hounds

“Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind dish out fistfuls of dirty rock’n’roll with a side order of voodoo and psych” – Uncut

“Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind ramps up the raunch with whisky-soured hellaciousness to spare” – Classic Rock

“With his latest incarnation a hefty dose of voodoo has been stirred into the pot of Jones’ own particular sonic gumbo, and it’s a heady brew.” – The Arts Desk

“Hot on the heels of 2018’s successful reunion with garage-psych testifiers Thee Hypnotics, singer/guitarist Jim Jones returns to give 2019 the kick-start that it so urgently needs with his current band, Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind, and the release of their incendiary second album, CollectiV.”

“Rising from the ashes of The Jim Jones Revue, Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind paint from a broader sonic palette. Incorporating elements of chain gang chants, mutant soul and gospel, and psychedelia, Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind are fervent torchbearers for rock’n’roll at its most primal, feral and elemental.”

“Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind’s debut album, Super Natural, was rightly showered by the kind of hosannas most bands merely dare dream of, while their legendarily highly-charged live shows have left audiences breathless across the UK and Europe.”

“Often found in the thick of the action, Jim Jones has worked his mojo through memorable performances on Later with Jools Holland and Late Night with David Letterman, as well recording radio sessions for the likes of the BBC’s late, great John Peel, and Marc Riley. A seasoned veteran of the road, he’s shared bills with The Stooges, Jack White, The Cult, The Cramps and Grinderman and many more. And he’s also spread the gospel of rock’n’roll with his own shows on 6 Music and Boogaloo Radio.”

“A rock’n’roll singer and guitarist of rare distinction, Jim Jones is a raconteur with one hell of a story to tell. You should hear it.”

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Despite being totally different genres and, one might think, demographics there was yet another Norwich gig-clash which did actually cause difficult and frustrating decisions for many with Jess Morgan also playing at the NAC on the same night and I know many who would have wanted to be at both, nevertheless the room really filled up here. I am sure the Arts Centre gig was also a wonderful night but my evening was at the Studio for the guaranteed-heck-of-a-night that Jim Jones and the Righteous Mind always provide.  As I and some friends made our way out at the end, clutching CollectiV vinyl under our arms we bumped into Jim Jones at the top of the stairs so had a chance to thank him personally, with handsakes all round.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the way home I stopped off at The Walnut where Peter T’s open mic was still happening and had the pleasure of catching Becky Hazlewood, Jon Fennell and Evie, who closed things with a stunning version of Back to Black.

 

 

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The SweetBeats farewell @ NAC 20 September 2019

 

After some 16 years the much-loved SweetBeats recently announced that this gig would be their last but it was fitting that it was at their spiritual home of the also well-loved Norwich Arts Centre, for which they were playing to help with the regeneration fundraising.

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I was rather lucky to get the late opportunity to attend this one as it was unsurprisingly completely sold out but I did miss the support The High Points but heard good things about them. The SweetBeats had already started their set when I arrived and as well as the familiar music it was nice to see so many familiar faces in the crowd and feel the lovely atmosphere that is always synonymous with SweetBeats gigs.  There is more space now in the auditorium without the speaker stacks on the floor and with better sightlines from the side even the aisles either side of the stage were full of people dancing and skanking, smiles everywhere one looked.

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Well past 11pm the music kept on coming as people became increasingly aware these were the last songs they’d be hearing by the band so the atmosphere and connection between band and audience was strong and it was quite moving when they finally stopped and took bows to big cheers from the big crowd.

 

“The Sweetbeats performing in support of our #NACregeneration campaign. This will also be their farewell gig after 16 years of festivals and parties!

“Come and dance your pants off with us for one last time and we hope to see yer down the front. Remember Resistance is Futile!”

Dance all night to the joyful sounds of The Sweetbeats as they blend self-penned songs with twisted versions of the classic Ska, Reggae, Bluebeat, Soul and dub tunes that inspired them. Jamaica is where this music starts – the journey ends in bliss. The soaring saxophone and double-trouble trombone energise your soul while the sweet vocal harmonies entrance your heart. Chunkin’ rhythms and addictive riffs keep you rocking all night.”

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A bit earlier on I paid my first visit to The Bowling House, opposite The Reindeer, where Odd Box Promotions were hosting the first gig in the building. It worked rather well in the upstairs cafe area, it was intimate and the sound sweet with Martin controlling it as we had performances from the returning Alexander Carson, Kerry Devine, Jeremy Tuplin, and the wonderful Phoebe Troup, stepping in at late notice for Sunday Driver.

 

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In London the previous evening Alex had played at St Pancras Old Church and was reunited with some Wooden Arms, (Jeff was present here too) and they will be playing some dates together later in the year, including 29 November in Norwich at Bermuda Bob’s.

It was my first time seeing both Kerry Devine and Jeremy Tuplin. Jeremy starting his set quite memorably with Bowie-spirit references in his song. His voice reminded me a little of Dan Michaelson.  Kerry just charmed us all with some lovely humour between her gorgeously atmospheric and haunting songs. I’d been told good things about her beforehand and was not disappointed. She expressed her love of Norwich which I think grew even more as she got the audience accompanying her on her version of Portishead’s Glory Box.

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Phoebe too was a total delight.  She treated us to a brilliant new song and played electric on one or two, Kerry’s Gibson guitar in fact.  Just as she was starting Deep in the Riverbed an ambulance noisily drove down Grape’s Hill and onto Dereham Road. Phoebe said “That was good timing” before checking herself and adding apologetically “Oh, not for someone!” which cracked everyone up for some moments. Absolutely charming and a fantastic artist is Phoebe.

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Alden, Patterson & Dashwood + The Shackleton Trio @ NAC 19 September 2019

Thursday saw me back again at the recently re-opened and refurbished Norwich Arts Centre for a joint headline gig by Alden, Patterson and Dashwood and The Shackleton Trio, playing a half hour or so set each followed by a finale set where they were all onstage together. To make the occasion even more noteworthy for me I was finally re-united with my DSLR after a pricey clean, service and new shutter!

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This seated gig had a deservedly strong turnout for these premier leaguers of Norwich folk who are on a short run of dates together in the UK, fresh from playing the Slaughtered Lamb in London and with an EP release of some of their collaborations.

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Alden, Patterson and Dashwood

Alden, Patterson and Dashwood

I’m still a bit wide-eyed at all the changes that have taken place at NAC over the summer and how much has been achieved, it’s brighter and cleaner – many saying the bar is a bit too bright and stark at the moment but I’m hoping that will soften when posters and prints are back on the wall again and the “new” smell subsides.  It’s all about the music though and in the proudly spruced up hall people were early to take their places ahead of the opening set from The Shackleton Trio.  Everyone is getting used to the Arts Centre changes as they return for the first time and initially I found the illuminations on the lighting rig itself a tad distracting but nothing could take away from the sound which was superb with the new PA and sound-desk and the fantastic team who work them.  The sound was clear and clean wherever one was stood or seated (I do miss the table though). Georgia regaled us with stories of a pet ostrich and towards the end of the set they played a storming version of their homage to legendary pub The Stanford which got a rapturous reception.

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Alden, Patterson and Dashwood are an exceptional trio, I always love seeing them and am well aware of what a big deal they are outside of the region too but a hometown gig in the NAC felt pretty special. They seemed to enjoy it too and at the end of the set Georgia, Zip and Aaren came back onstage and they closed the night together in fine style.

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