In light of recent Government announcements, Red Rooster is delighted to announce new dates as 27th – 29th August! Held across the bank holiday weekend, rest assured that no matter how much you go wild on the Sunday, Monday is a day off and you also won’t need to worry about kids getting back to school.
With nearly 18 million people already vaccinated and a target of all UK adults being offered the vaccine by the end of July, Red Rooster is confident that we can finally welcome you back to our home at Euston Hall.
There is now real light at the end of the tunnel, and what better way to celebrate than with something special on the horizon. Offering the best Cajun, Soul, Rock n’ Roll, Blues, Roots and Country, Red Rooster promises an explosion of sights, smells and sounds at the historic and picturesque Euston Hall and parklands. Pull up a chair by the broadwater, watch a pedalo float by, listen to the shred of guitars echo through the woods. Sheer bliss.
Since the government announcement, Red Rooster has been inundated with enquiries. It has sold out consecutively the last 3 years, and 2021’s roaring event is expected to be no different. All previously purchased tickets will be valid. Line-up soon to be announced.
Tickets are on sale at £89.50 for the weekend including camping in your own tent & parking, with kids 12 and under having free entry.
Since the 2020 Dereham Blues Festival was regrettably cancelled last year, the Festival Organising Committee run exclusively by volunteers, have been very busy with a view to organising the Festival for July this year (2021). The uncertainty last year was recognised but it was hoped the situation would be clearer as the year progressed. We now know, this is not the case. Indeed, if anything the position at the beginning of 2021, is less clear.
To put the festival on, many of the arrangements and decisions must be made early in the year – for example to sign up the venues, agree arrangements with sponsors, arrange the line-up of the bands, work with the Friends of The Dereham Memorial Hall to set-up the opening headline concert and organise the publicity.
The committee has continued to meet virtually each month to assess the situation which early in 2021 is currently still very uncertain. Without certainty, we regret cannot plan fully putting on a festival while maintaining safety of all those involved, especially audience members. So, with extreme regret, it has been decided, that the Dereham Blues Festival this year will not be taking place as normal in July.
This has been a very hard decision to make. Over the last eight years since the Festival was first held, its reputation has grown in line with increasing scale and scope of the festival itself. The committee is concerned this reputation is maintained and do not want to do anything to dilute the Festival’s brand. Given the current uncertainty, and that the Committee only want put on a top class Festival, we would rather wait until 2022.
Despite the lack of a Festival again this year, the finances which are run on a not for profit basis, remain sound. One reason for this is that kind festival fans have continued to support the festival financially by participating in the Breckland Lottery Fund where they have nominated the Dereham Blues Festival as their local organisation to be supported. The Committee are so grateful for this continued support. If any fans want to add to this initiative, they are welcome to do so by contacting the fund at https:// http://www.derehambluesfestival.org.uk/support-us/breckland-lottery . In September this year, bands will be contacted again to sign them up for 2022. We are always on the look out for new talent. So if new artists and bands want to apply to play next year, of course this is encouraged via “Wanna Play” page on the Dereham Blues Festival website at https://www.derehambluesfestival.org.uk/wanna-play from September onwards.
The committee have been keeping other involved organisations informed of the Festival’s activities. These include Dereham Town Council, the bands, advertisers, sponsors, the programme printer and the venues. The sponsors who are especially valued contributors to the Festival, have had their 2021 sponsorship funds reimbursed and we are discussing with them their continuing support in 2022.
The committee hopes the Festival’s fans understand this difficult decision and look forward to their continued support for this unique and special festival.
Bark Prelude (aka Philip Lewis-Jones) has returned with a highly impressive new album – Light of Winter – which although dealing with melancholy thoughts, feelings and situations is, due to the playing, humour and melodies, not a depressing listen. It’s quite an immersive experience in fact with a feel of continuity to the tracks and stories. Excellently crafted and played songs with a strong supporting cast of musicians that include Fran Broady on violin and backing vocals, Ross Mitson on guitars and backing vocals, and Gary Cole-Wilking on double bass and backing vocals to complement Philip’s piano and expressive vocals.
There are recurring themes in the song stories, feelings of loss of friendships, relationships, identity of the past and the summer, it almost feels like it chronicles ten days in the life of someone going through great transition and not always coping with it. The protagonist is searching for answers, searching his own soul but also looking for answers everywhere between the ocean and the stars, trying to stay afloat when in the water or flying in the sky when the route is rough. Trying to make sense of a changing world, this feels even more apt in 2020.
The imagery from the lyrics is vivid and colourful, the descriptive drama brings to mind Sparks at times and it’s always done with an ear for a strong hook and melody to accompany the expressive and clear, descriptive lyrics. An album to be proud of. Added mention for the fine production from Philip himself, with mastering by David Riggs.
Recorded in Norwich Bark Prelude’s Light of Winter is available through MuchoRetro Records.
Things seem to change day by day but as things stand Bark Prelude will be playing for Bare Feet Records at the Bowling House on the afternoon of Sunday 13 December. Tickets are £6 advance only and available from https://www.musicglue.com/barefeetrecords/
Food is available so alcohol will be allowed with a meal. And remember you can only sit/mix with your own household.We also offer FULL refunds for any Covid related reasons.
Norwich favourites Das Fenster and the Alibis release their second album this week – Lucky Charms & Firearms – on Halloween (when else?) available on CD, download, to stream on Spotify, and best of all, on glorious vinyl. Order here.
Opening perfectly with the apt Roll Up, this is followed by live favourite, the call and response Down to the Gates of Hell which is in turn followed by the heavily reggae-flavoured and incredibly catchy ear worm that is Run From the Police putting me in mind a bit of Police On My Back. It’s no novelty reggae track either and is one of many album highlights. This one also features some great backing vocals from Emma Ni Raghallaigh.
Perhaps the police caught up with Das Fenster as the next track is the lonely three day diary of Three Days in This Cell with brass from Laurie Arcourt and Chris Dowding before side one closes with On the Day You Die.
Anyone who has seen DF live in recent years will surely know opening track of side two, Jeopardy. This voodoo-tinged recording features the accordion talents of Hugh Stanners. Voodoo also happens on the next track which is pure rockabilly (voodoobilly) with Pearly Gates’ brilliant double bass playing to the fore on Bad Luck, the intro reminded me of King Kurt! Chris Dowding on trumpet guests on Followed By a Shadow which has a film noir feel. Another live favourite is next, the L’Étranger anthem Outside Looking In before this impressive album closes with more voodoo percussion, brass backing and jazzy guitar on King of Voodoo, surely a title in these flatlands that cannot be disputed for Das Fenster himself, joined here by The Angelic Demons Choir who happen to include a number of names who it seems I know very well, reading the back of the album cover.
Das Fenster and the Alibis are a band I love and have seen literally dozens of times since first being introduced to them through Richard Penguin‘s Acoustic & Eclectic nights at Olives many years ago (I think it was just the second DF gig). I loved their darkness, the stories, the sense of theatre and occasion and the terrific musicianship. There have been a few line-up changes along the way but all of those magical ingredients remain in this powerful voodoo spell, and so of course does the Voodoo Shrine itself. Lose yourself among the Lucky Charms and Firearms in these stories of gangsters and hoodlums, ne’er do wells and characters from old black and white movies. Come over to the dark side and join the outsiders looking in, just remember though – you can’t go back … not that you’d want to.
I sure wish we still lived in that world where I could head off to the Walnut and see DF play but in a strange and difficult year this album is a delight to listen to, all the more welcome for the immersive escapism it delivers by the cauldron. The JuJu is strong on this one.
Das Fenster are:
Pearly Gates – double bass
Das Fenster – guitar & vox plus keys & percussion
The Chemist – drums
Donna Matrix – keys, sax
Chris Dowding – trumpet
Laurie Arcourt – sax
Hugh Stanners – accordion
Emma Ni Raghallaigh – backing vocals
“The Angelic Demons Choir”
The album is produced by Paul Finlay, engineered by Jason Wick, with sleeve photos by Martin Figura and Kevin Fry. It is dedicated to the memory of Jim Moore, Judith Hewitt, Rob Powell & King Leo of Redonda,
Lucky Charms and Firearms is released on 31 October 2020. During the hours of Halloween darkness though, obviously. 7:30pm to be precise.
Very sad to learn this week that The Birdcage pub and venue in the heart of the Norwich Lanes has announced that it will not be renewing its lease and will be closing.
The news came from a post on the Birdcage Instagram account on Thursday.
THANKYOU and GOODNIGHT. It is with a heavy heart that we have decided to say goodbye to this magical building. We have had the most EPIC time over the last 15 years but our lease is up now and we’d rather leave the party at this point with all those good memories than be booted out at last orders 🤣. We lived for messy nights out, live performances, chaos and creativity. To all of the performers, artists and creatives we’ve seen here over the years KEEP GOING! You are INCREDIBLE and we will always be cheering you on from the sidelines. We know those sunny days will come again so here’s to the next chapter and we’ll be doing EVERYTHING we can to support our friends and fellow businesses throughout this time. SO much love Norwich. Keep strong and THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU xxxx
This is a massive loss to the city in many ways and will send shockwaves as to just how hard the restrictions on independent businesses in the hospitality and live music industry are hitting and must surely be the major factor behind this decision.
Big thanks to all at the Birdcage and those such as Alex Carson and Robbie Powell, among many others, who have hosted gigs there over the years. I wish all involved with The Birdcage the best in their next endeavors and thank them for all the gigs and friendships forged there.
Since the lockdown restrictions began in March there has been a gaping hole in the fine city which live music used to fill. Walking the streets during the day and especially in the evening the sound of music could be heard on the street or spilling out from any number of our special venues and music-loving pubs and bars. It has returned to a degree, in a socially-distanced, restricted kind of way but things are just not the same yet and we all feel the loss and uncertainty, making it difficult at times to feel anything other than concern and pessimism that music will ever return in its previous form in Norwich. We have also lost the OPEN venue which has resulted in community station Future Radio losing its central base, office space and studios. With the future so uncertain we desperately need a bit of positivity and hope which Lisa Redford has come up with in magnificent style with the charity single ‘This Fine City‘ which is officially released Friday 16 October 2020. Immediately upon my first listening to this rousing celebration of Norwich and hope for the future I felt renewed optimism as well as being quite moved by the heartfelt love of the city so sincerely expressed in song. Joyous and triumphant in its hope.
Lisa said “I was delighted to be asked to compose the single as a tribute to my home city, for the radio station I love. The song is a tribute to Norwich and how weʼre getting through such a challenging time. Future Radio, which is facing some tough times itself, is such an important part of the life of the city, I hope people will enjoy this anthemic celebratory song and help the station to move to a new home.”
Referencing so many of the things and places we love about our city, from the Canaries to the Playhouse Bar, Blue Joanna and market it is probably the following lines that resonate with me most of all. Who hasn’t been in the city in recent months and felt melancholic at the memories the streets and Lanes hold and the fear that only memories remain? Lisa says ‘we’ll soon be making more‘ and ‘the Future will be bright‘.
“I know we’ve been low, living the unknown I believe within these city walls We’ll rise above – it all
All of these changes that we’ve been through They won’t hold us back Now hope is on our side Every street is full of memories We’ll soon be making more The future will be bright“
Infectious in the best of ways, uplifting and full of hope. In this song Lisa has found a musical vaccine to keep pessimism at bay. It is a wonderful ode to this Fine City too.
Lisa is a well-known and well-liked name in the local music scene, performing regularly and presenting on Future. She has penned this celebratory and uplifting ode to the city and is joined by a host of other familiar local names and Future Radio volunteers including Yve Mary B, Chad Mason, Callum Morgan, Ecky Limon, Teresa Gibbon, Scott Mathieson, Russell McNamara, Owen Sennitt, Andrew Todd, and Emily White. Produced by Andrew Todd with artwork by Gwenda Killick the single is available from Bandcamp for just £1 and with all funds raised going towards finding a new home for Future Radio.
The track will be premiered on Future Radio at 8:10am and Lisa will be chatting about the release with Sam Day.
Future Radio is part of the charity Future Projects, also including Future Education, a specialist independent school for children with special educational needs and Future Support, a collection of support services which help those most in need. More information about Future Projects available here – http:// futureprojects.org.uk/
A few months ago, the producer of our Vegan radio show, came to us with a crazy idea about creating a charity single to raise funds for Future Radio’s move to new studios & offices. We lost our home when our landlord went into liquidation during the Covid-19 lockdown.
OK we thought – we’ve never done that before, but it sounds exciting, so let’s carry on with it until something stops us! Nothing did & thanks to Lisa and other volunteers and local musicians, we launched a beautiful, uplifting and anthemic song about Norwich, our home city, which we’re really proud to present.
It’s amazing what the power of volunteering can do. Future Radio has almost 70 volunteers, of all ages and backgrounds. We’re a community radio station and now the only local radio station in Norwich other than the BBC.
We’re also part of the amazing charity, Future Projects, (futureprojects.org.uk) which also includes Future Education, a specialist independent school for children with special educational needs and Future Support, a collection of support services which helps those most in need.
Norfolk-based Yorkshireman and singer-songwriter Johnny Steinberg has created a very fine, independently released album. Immediately upon first listening one is struck by the impressive, professional level of performance and production but especially the level of songwriting which draws in and holds the listener from the off and throughout the album.
In an acoustic, Americana-influenced style the songs describe the world observed through experienced and compassionate eyes. These are of people, places, events and moods. Johnny has an expressive, kindly-sounding voice which can only belong to someone who sees and feels things deeply. I know he’s a big fan of Neil Young and one can sometimes detect this in the songs but the imagery of some of the songwriting is as evocative of such other poetic musical gods as Cave and Cohen.
Johnny has taken us along with him to share a stretch of his own Lost Highway which is as much observed England in a Kinks-Squeeze way as it is Americana, as one might expect with it being recorded in both countries. It’s a feat of some magnificent songwriting which deserves to be heard. One always feels words from the heart and these songs have feeling, integrity, honesty and compassion in abundance. Recorded at the Blackbird Studios, Nashville and also at Saltwell Studio and Motherlode Studio in the UK Shadowland was produced by Boo Hewerdine, Chris Pepper and Johnny Steinberg. Musicians appearing on the album include: Kira Small, Boo Hewerdine, Mark Jolley, Chris Pepper, Kate Heaton, Carol Lea, Gustaf Ljunggren, Philip Lewis-Jones, John Temple, Pat Dam Smyth, and Ernesto Olivera.
Johnny can sometimes be found playing gigs locally, either solo or accompanied by his band The Blue Fish. I first encountered Johnny at West Norfolk Radio some years back, I enjoyed his set and our chat afterwards. He told me about his song Man on Wire, inspired by the documentary film of Philippe Petit who made a highwire walk between the Twin Towers of New York in 1974. The track appears here on Shadowland.
Cajun, Soul, Rock n Roll, Blues, Roots & Country….
3-5 June 2021 * Euston Hall, Suffolk
Virtual second edition 4-6 September 2020
Red Rooster Festival is delighted to announce another virtual version of the festival after the socially distanced production was unable to go ahead in September. Following the success of the previous virtual festival in May, Red Rooster will host it again on 4-6 September but on a much bigger scale. The virtual festival will feature a bunch of Red Rooster stars playing live recorded sessions and a 24-hour takeover of Totally Wired Radio with a stellar cast of DJs.
Red Rooster legend Nick Lowe will be joined by Cedric Burnside, Luther Dickinson from North Mississippi Allstars, Ian Siegal, Bob Log, Marcus Bonfanto, Little Barrie and lots more. The format will be the same as the May virtual event: each artist will play a 2-3 song session with an exclusive live video which will be dropped on the Red Rooster socials on Friday 4- Saturday 5 September.
The DJ bill booked for September was the strongest to date and organisers are super excited to replicate it for the 24-hour Red Rooster takeover of TWR. David Holmes will headline, playing a tribute to his friend and very sadly missed Andrew Weatherall. Jonathan More from Cold Cut/NinjaTune returns with new additions Eddie Pillar from Acid Jazz and club legenda Rocky and Ross Allen. The takeover kicks off at midday Saturday 5 September and goes on until midday Sunday 6th. Listen to TWR here – https://totallywiredradio.com
Red Rooster Virtual Festival Friday 4 September to Sunday 6 September 2020
Red Rooster Festival takes place Thursday 3 June – Saturday 5 June 2021
Live Music Virtual
Nick Lowe / Cedric Burnside / Cedric Burnside / Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars) / Ian Siegal / Bob Log III / Marcus Bonfanti / Little Barrie / The Hanging Stars / CC Adcock / The Urban Voodoo Machine / Sarah Gillespie / Big Steve / Big Joe Louis / Future Shape of Sound / Dom Pipkin/ Robin Evans Esq.
David Holmes / Jonathan More / Eddie Pillar / Dr Bob Jones / Ross Allen / Rocky / Dean Chalkley + Iraina Mancini / Hank JD Sleek / Wendy May / Joe Cushley / Big Steve / Special Red Rooster Show with guests.
Dearest Roosters, It is with a very heavy heart that we must unfortunately announce that Red Rooster will not be proceeding on 4th-6th September. From the 11th July, the UK government gave the green light for outdoor events to proceed. Although many organisers thought that the 24 hours’ notice of being able to proceed was not enough warning, our team at Red Rooster stood up and declared we would be going ahead. Red Rooster already had a license and we knew that with a little blood, sweat, and tears, we could pull everything together and get the show on the road. A few days after announcing Red Rooster’s go ahead, the Government transferred powers to local authorities, giving them the powers relating to events. Rather than admit defeat, we prepared in record time over 300 pages of documentation and COVID-19 specific risk assessments, as well as clear guidelines for you guys on how we will look to keep you safe, of which we have already shared with you. We pulled together a whole new production and rebooked all of the lineup which we were due to release later today. We submitted all of our documentation and health and safety measures, and although we are extremely appreciative that West Suffolk Council and the emergency services all wanted to support Red Rooster proceeding in September, Public Health England have failed to engage with us and they have failed to reach out to discuss our plans. Public Health is a vital part of the process of getting the green light, and we would not proceed without us being 100% certain of all our measures and that we had their approval. We are immensely disappointed in them failing to engage with us.
We wanted to be a shining beacon for others on how we can get our industry back on the road, and we fought all we could to try and make this happen. We are immensely sad that although we understand we were seeking answers within a tight period of time, we couldn’t have everyone see just how important our endeavour to proceed with Red Rooster was.
The postponement of September 2020 has significantly increased our costs on what was already a very financially challenging year. If you can roll over your ticket to next year it will be a huge support to the festival and greatly appreciated. All tickets will be automatically reissued for 3rd-5th June 2021.
We look forward to welcoming you to Euston Hall in June next year for an epic party!
Following the government’s statement last Thursday allowing outdoor events, we are delighted to confirm that Red Rooster Festival will go ahead Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th September 2020.
Red Rooster will be one of only a handful festivals to take place in 2020. Set amongst 10,000 acres of stunning parklands & pleasure grounds at Euston Hall estate in Suffolk the 7th edition of the 5,000-capacity festival will proceed with appropriate social distancing. The UK’s premier roots festival will now have three outdoor stages celebrating the best in Cajun, Soul, RocknRoll, Blues and Country.
Festival Director & Production Manager James Brennan says:
“We are working closely with our Health & Safety and Production teams to produce something that is truly magical without losing the spirit and atmosphere of our beautiful little festival. Over 60% of our audience stay in family group campervans which hugely helps us contain camping areas safely, plus by moving to outdoor stages only, we feel we can offer a safe environment in which to enjoy the festival. Over the next few weeks we will be putting together stringent new plans and providing detailed information to ensure the safety of our audience, artists and crew, which is of course of paramount importance.”
Red Rooster would like to thank the government for lifting the restrictions and is delighted to welcome them to experience this fantastic festival though as it so reasonably-priced there won’t be a guest list so join us for the party to end all parties !