Bye Bye Bear @ The Owl Sanctuary + Snakerattlers, Beast With a Gun, Blisster @ The Underbelly 11 August 2017

Local legends Hello Bear are taking an indefinite hiatus and after a triumphant appearance on the vast VW Whitenoise stage at the weekend they bid farewell with a “bye bye Bear” gig at the Owl Sanctuary, somewhat surprisingly in the downstairs bar.  The place was rammed and with a great atmosphere … most of the audience in Hello Bear t-shirts with merch being sold off at a bargain £2 a shirt.

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They will be missed but all the band members can still be seen in various guises, such as Hot Raisin, Lovin’ Handful, and Turf Club Racebook among others.

 

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The following evening in the Rumsey Wells Underbelly saw some even dirtier punk rock blues, grunge and rockabilly with a hot and sweaty, very loud gig featuring Yarmouth’s ace bands Beast With a Gun and the ever increasingly wonderful Blisster, plus from York, Snakerattlers.  I always look forward to seeing Blisster play and they never disappoint, always playing with a great energy and attitude … much the same can be said about Beast With a Gun too actually. This was a great venue to experience all of them, a tiny cellar rammed full of music fans and the bands blasting the PA. I was seeing Snakerattlers for the first time and this duo – who are also a couple – make a big noise and are a LOT of fun.  Drums, guitar, wailing, all in a gloriously filthy garage rockabilly sound. “Oh My Love” is slap bang inbetween The Cramps and The Sonics, and that’s some place to be!   Incredibly, The Snakerattlers have only been in existence a few months hence their having no material left for the screamed for encore. Thanks to Rob for making the gig happen.  So much fun that the smokers didn’t even notice the rain until afterwards because they didn’t leave the underbelly all night*  (quote from RJ Futter 🙂 ) – I only noticed it myself as I made a dash to the cashpoint so that I could buy Snakerattlers’ album, ‘This is Rattlerock’.

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Harlequin Fayre 2017, 3-6 August

For one reason and another I was unable to get to Harlequin last year, nor indeed the previous year so this was my first visit to the new site. I must admit I was quite surprised at how much it has grown, I was discovering new nooks and crannies throughout the festival.  Although much larger in surroundings and attendance it has retained its magical charm and appeal with this family-friendly event being safe, relaxed and inclusive with lots of great local and national acts playing over several stages with sound systems like Rebel Lion playing into the night in the woods.

 

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Over four days and four nights I heard some great music in fantastic company and experienced some extremes of temperature too.  Saturday lunchtime brought the traditional downpour but what I was not prepared for was how cold that night would be with temperatures dropping to below 8C.  The sun shone in the morning though and it was soon dry, everyone kept their good spirits.

 

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Alden, Patterson and Dashwood

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Robyn Astrid, pre-set warm up

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Yve Mary B

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Yve Mary B and Mark “Boweevil” Howes

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Robyn Astrid and the River Calling

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The well stocked bar was cheap and well-staffed too … I developed quite a taste for the Burston Cuckoo which at £3.40 for a pint was really good for a festival. The choice of food was also good and reasonably priced … the breakfasts at Coyote Moon were perfect and the beautiful surroundings inside the huge yurt hosted an open mic curated by Chuman … Yve Mary B, Peter Turrell, Mari Joyce, and Dr. Clyde all played extra sets here, as well as an extraordinary Sunday night performance from a hastily assemble Olinski Onsomble [sic] which had moments of weirdness and brilliance.

 

 

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Yve Mary B, playing her second Sunday set at Harlequin before heading back to Norwich to play the Fat Cat Brewery Tap in the afternoon. Seen here in the Coyote Moon cafe.

 

Hot Raisin made probably the most rock ‘n’ roll entrance, due to various problems on the journey they arrived fifteen minutes before their set and rolled under the netting to the stage like the assault course round of the Kryton Factor, opened their beers, soundchecked and started their set on time and were brilliant.

 

Tallowah were regular visitors to Harlequin but with an altered line up with former percussionist Jack now on vocals and guitar they have been re-born as Slim Pickings and headlined the main stage on the Friday night, and were one of my highlights along with Organisms, Hank, Feral Mouth, Alden, Patterson & Dashwood, Dr. Clyde, the Raisins et al.  I enjoyed hugely seeing Feral Mouth again, it’s been ages since I last saw them.

 

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Tory Raisin and soundman Rob

 

On the Nomad stage Phoebe Troup was in dungarees (as was I!) and opened the music on the Friday. I spent most of my festival at this stage and caught the likes of Birds of Hell, Maya Law, Of the Clay, Jay Tucker, Miniature Universe and many others here.  I also had the pleasure of seeing again – for the first time in a few years – Mel Pout (father of Jack). We had a great catch-up chat and I enjoyed his set a lot, playing guitar and banjo which he later told me he’s only been doing for four years, which is staggering. He certainly has a talent for what he is doing in music now.

 

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Minature Universe on the Nomad stage

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Of the Clay

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As well as activitities for children in the woodland glade, the healing area, there was also a tent for talks and presentations.  I attended the one on the climate by Piers Corbyn (yes, brother of Jeremy) which was interesting and thought-provoking and prompted some lively debate.

 

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Maya Law

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A hugely enjoyable if tiring four days but crucially off-grid and out of the Matrix but it passed really quickly. So much good music, good company, and special memories.  At the close of the festival the sky appeared like this … as seen from outside the Coyote Moon cafe.

 

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Big thanks to Pedz, Sam, Rob, Jerry and everyone I had the pleasure of hanging out with.

 

 

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Music at the Mo: Katie Spencer + Hot Raisin + Falling From Trees @ Sheringham Museum 28 July 2017

I first bumped into Carol from the Mo at the Birdcage birthday celebrations in Norwich last year and have subsequently bumped into her at many gigs and exchanged communications several times but for various reasons this was my first visit to the Mo for one of the monthly fundraising gigs for the museum.  The line ups thus far have been excellent and I was most pleased to be able to attend this one (thank you Hot Raisin!), the setting is amazing and the views quite stunning.

 

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The whole evening’s music was being streamed live by West Norfolk Radio and the music room in the museum was packed with people (and a lifeboat) for the first set at around 7:30pm from Hot Raisin, introduced by Carol. Playing as the original Tory and Mary Hot Raisin duo this time.  A set of 40 minutes or so enabled them to showcase their style and variety, Tory’s lovely, expressive storytelling voice and Mary’s sublime guitar playing worked magic on an appreciative.  This was a wonderful set and another chance to hear the excellent re-working of an older song … Conscious.  Always a treat to hear the Raisins play and this was another lovely gig. Cheers!

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The Raisins recently released their debut EP, Whiskey Ginger, with most of the tracks played here at the Mo, appropriately closing with Captain, as we were on the coast.  The EPs cover reflects the light and shade of the four tracks, it can be purchased from gigs or at their Bandcamp site.

 

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I’ve seen Falling From Trees a number of times over the years but not for quite some time and I was impressed at how much their sound has developed and grown since then. Now a four-piece with the addition of a bassist they have an album in the pipeline which will also feature drums. This was definitely the best performance I have seen from them thus far.

 

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I spoke briefly with Katie Spencer before the gig, she had endured a five and a half hour journey from Hull to get here but by the end of it, because of her songs and the purity of them I somehow felt I knew her as a result. Music can do this. There is such a purity and honest integrity about her work.  On a previous visit to play in Norfolk at the Sheringham festival she was spotted by Carol and invited back to play the Mo, something for which I am grateful as I was spellbound by her beautiful set.  All alone on the stage in a with her acoustic guitar and dressed in a beautiful shirt she totally charmed the audience throughout the set, connecting with her songs and also her humble Northern charm between songs … “I forget how blue the sea can be ’til I come down south … and also how Northern I am!”  It can’t have been easy starting out as a solo artist travelling around the country and taking to the stage alone and playing almost all original compositions with no band share the stage with … but what songs, what a voice, and what playing!  The audience absolutely adored her and it was great to see the mutual respect among the musicians. Self-taught, her guitar playing is just incredible and with her storytelling songs it was one of those special sets which just seem to pass all too quickly, seemingly passing by in the dreamy blinking of an eye, she takes you to the worlds and characters within the songs. The whole gamut of emotions and the end of her set felt like waking from a beautifully vivid musical dream.  I made sure I came home with a copy of her mini-album, Good Morning Sky.  Fans of Laura Marling, John Martyn, Ryley Walker, early Neil Young et al. will absolutely love her. Charming, talented, hard-working and dedicated, we have to get her back to Norfolk to play in Norwich.

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This was such a lovely evening, everything about it. The music, the venue, the welcoming people at the Mo, the attentive but relaxed audience and the stunning setting on the north Norfolk coast.  I also really want to go back again and take a proper look around the music, as well as experience some more music there. A gem.

 

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Big thanks to all the artists, everyone at the Mo and extra special thanks to Ray, Sharon, Mary and Tory.

 

 

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Hot Raisin – Whiskey Ginger, new EP

One of my favourite bands and some of my favourite people have just released their debut EP.  Hot Raisin’s much antincipated recordings are now available, for download and also on CD.  Four tracks performed by the full Raisin band of Tory, Mary, Luke, Tom, and Daryl, sympathetically mixed by the excellent Conor Etteridge.

 

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The EP features four tracks, the familiar Captain, and Later, as well as the more (relatively) recent Track and Field and the superb title track Whiskey Ginger (pleasingly spelled with an ‘e’), sounding every bit as big and powerful as I hoped it would. Check out the new video for Later too.

 

 

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Get hold of a download at Hot Raisin’s Bandcamp, or buy a real physical copy at one of their gigs … they were proving very popular at the band’s Sunday appearance on one of the Norwich Lanes Fayre stage.

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Yve Mary B + Tony Brook + Vic Allen @ NAC 29 June 2017

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Yve Mary B is one of the loveliest people I know and also incredibly talented and hardworking, a natural artist, so I was delighted when I saw she had the proper album launch for High on a Mountain that she so richly deserved at Norwich Arts Centre.  Joined onstage on the night by a whole host of musician friends it was a beautiful evening of positive, friendly vibes and great music. 

 

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Vic Allen was also playing, as a trio this time, and the night was opened in fine style by Yve’s partner Tony Brook, followed by. Tony, currently on a welcome return to Norfolk from his Alabama home.  Armed with just his guitar, harmonica and stomp box it was a super start to the night, and of course he was back on stage later to join Yve, Bo, Pedz, Jose, Lauren, SJ, Alex, the Morganway boys et al.  A lovely evening.

 

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Dereham Blues Festival, 6-9 July 2017

The 2017 Dereham Blues Festival Is Here

It’s here! The fifth annual Dereham Blues Festival starts next week on 6th July. Over 50 acts playing at 15 venues makes this year’s festival bigger and better than ever. Apart from the opening concert, the gigs are free to enter as they are sponsored by the host venues.

 

The festival kicks off in grand style with a concert at The Dereham Memorial Hall on Thursday evening 6th July featuring the international star Andy Fairweather Low and his band The Low Riders. A top musician, Andy is much in demand and has played alongside some of the rock and blues music greats over the past six decades as well as having hits in his own right as lead singer with Amen Corner and as a solo performer. Supporting Andy at the opening gig will be local favourites The Dove and Boweevil Band.

 

The opening concert is kindly organised by the Friends of the Dereham Memorial Hall and is almost sold out, but there are still a few tickets left. To get the last few tickets go to http://www.derehambluesfestival.org.uk/tickets—andy-fairweather-low.html before they all go.

 

Tim Cara, Chairman of The Friends Of Dereham Memorial Hall, says, “It is tremendous to get Andy Fairweather Low to come to play in Dereham. Equally fantastic is the response from the public coming from all over the East of England to support this event with the gig virtually selling out long before the concert”.

 

The festival starts on Thursday evening 6th July and runs through to early Sunday evening 9th July. Some 55 of the very best blues and roots acts drawn from the region and across the UK will be playing their very heart and souls out in Dereham town centre venues. So if your music tastes lie either with rocking blues to soulful or country blues or through to the sultry introspective “rootsy” end of the blues and roots music spectrum, there’s something for everyone. Truly a “whole lot more than 12 bars of blues”!

 

For the full line up of who is playing where and when, go to http://www.derehambluesfestival.org.uk/timetable-of-events.html . There will also be a festival information stand in the market square during the morning of Saturday 1st July ahead of the festival weekend and again on the Festival Saturday morning 6th July.

 

Festival Chairman John Vasco says “I am so pleased to see the festival growing year on year. The interest in coming to Dereham both by acts wanting to play and blues lovers wanting to see them is truly impressive and gratifying, and is testimony to all the hard work put in by volunteers and other organisations, including the tremendous support afforded by the sponsors, to put on the event.”.

 

So if you like blues and roots music come to Dereham from Thursday 6th July to Sunday 9th July for the fifth annual Dereham Blues Festival – this year with more free acts than ever. A hot bluesy Norfolk welcome awaits you.

 

 

 

DEREHAM BLUES FESTIVAL 2017 – OUR SPONSORS

GREENBANKS HOTEL:

One of the Headline sponsors of the 2017 Blues Festival is an independent family run business. Over the last 27 years, Greenbanks hotel has evolved and seen the introduction of a swimming pool and self-catering accommodation. The property lends its self well to those less able, with level access to most areas including the pool and makes an ideal base to explore Norfolk , being set in the heart of the county. The team at Greenbanks have successfully been awarded The Excellence Award by Trip advisor and Booking.com in the last few months. Greenbanks Hotel is pleased to announce we will be supporting the 2017 Dereham Blues Festival. The event brings together visitors to the area and the local community through the common interest of music. The Festival also highlights what is available in and around Dereham area and is fast becoming a “must attend” event.

 

BUSSEYS:

Founded in 1911, Busseys, a Main Ford and Peugeot Dealer in Norfolk, have always been keen to support local events and businesses and are Headline Sponsors of the DBF in 2017. The company has particularly close ties to Dereham, as 2016 marked 20 years since the company opened a Ford dealership in Dereham and have since then added a Peugeot dealership to the area early last year. Paul Bussey, Marketing Director at Busseys said “We are extremely proud to be a headline sponsor at this years Dereham Blues Festival and look forward to a weekend full of good music!”

 

GREENE KING:

Greene King was founded 200 years ago, in 1799, by 19 year-old Benjamin Greene. As a company, we pride ourselves on consistently offering exceptional value, service and quality to all our customers. This ethos is central to everything we do in our business. Mark Holland, sales development manager at Greene King said, “Greene King has been brewing in and serving East Anglia for over 200 years, and we have always looked to offer our support for events close to home. Our pubs are part of communities, so we are proud to once again sponsor the popular Dereham Blues festival, which is a brilliant home-grown event that goes from strength to strength every year. Many of our beers will be served at festival venues, including the Bull, Gemini, Kings Head Hotel and the Cherry Tree, so blues fans can enjoy great local ales alongside a line-up of top notch acts from around the UK.”

 

STEPHENSON SMART:

We are a firm of chartered accountants with offices in King’s Lynn, Great Yarmouth, Fakenham, Downham Market, Wisbech and March. For over 100 years we have provided expert, tailored advice to our clients, working together to deliver the very best for them. We are delighted to support the Dereham Blues Festival in their efforts to organise such quality entertainment in the community.

 

ORCHARD CARAVANS:

Based in Wells-next-the-sea, Orchard Caravans has been a family business since 1967, starting with a small caravan park in Wells-next-the-sea that it still operates today, it is a very much loved Orchard Holiday Park and run to a very high standard. Caravan sales was introduced back in the mid-70s and has grown into one of the biggest new and used static caravan distributors to trade and retail in East Anglia. Offering the full service from supply, transportation, siting and commissioning with a full after sales service, park owners and their customers can rely on a company that is an NCC approved Holiday Caravan distributor. Orchard Caravans is delighted to support the Dereham Blues Festival in 2017

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Yassassin + GRACELAND + Vaudevue + Sadie Nencini + Peach Club dj set, for Pony Up, BBC Music Day @ NAC 22 June 2017

 Over the past few weeks I have seen some superb gigs at Norwich Arts Centre and this latest offering from Pony Up was another to add to that list.

 

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For a few pounds plonked into the donation box in this “pay what you can” gig we had three live acts in the main auditorium, another in the Adnams Mission Hall Bar – Sadie Nencini – and some dj sets from Peach Club … I caught them enthusiastically playing the likes of Blondie, The Ting Tings, Abba, and The Sugababes!

 

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The headliners were of course London-based Yassassin, who played a storming set in the same venue recently, supporting the excellent PINS. I was chuffed to be remembered by bassist Raissa from last time and to hear how glad they were to be back in Norwich, and at the end of the night she praised the other acts, NAC, and made some complimentary comments from the stage on her observations of the city and in particular the strength of the music and the supportive togetherness of the Norwich musical community.

 

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First act of the night though was Vaudevue who recently impressed me at Old School Studios and they did again tonight.  Young (16), confident, wonderfully spiky attitude and huge power. They made a big sound and a big impression … super drumming from Ben (the only boy on stage all night) and a fantastic voice owned by Kate who has great stage presence too (and a Labour sticker on her guitar … )

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In the bar it was my first chance to catch Sadie Nencini, known to many through Annie’s Sonic Youths.  She held the crowd captive and silent with her short but stunning set. Another special Norwich talent, again, she is apparently just sixteen too.

 

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It’s always a great occasion when GRACELAND play the Arts Centre and this was no exception, tight and in great form, Rosie leading some fun between song jokes and conversation with the audience and they also showed off a few new songs which sounded superb.

 

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There is such an infectious spirit about Yassassin and the way they play, their personalities and the bloody good fun they have onstage, they play with joy and passion and just ooze rock n roll spirit, bouncing around in wild abandon.  The room seemed to have really filled up when they started and the atmosphere was good.  They were also completely on the same wavelength as their audience by dedicating a song to Jeremy Corbyn and leading the crowd with some chants of “Jez We Can” … which I forgot to mention to them afterwards was precisely the caption on a window opposite!

 

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Anna, Joanna, Moa, Raissa & Ruth are a super band and great to hang out with, I love their onstage energy and also admire the energy to get back to London after the gig for work in the morning!

 

Big thanks to PONY UP, all the artists and NAC for another absolutely cracking night.  Once again there was loads going on in the city but there was still a healthy turnout for this gem. It is a slight curiosity that there were not more young Riot Grrrls in the audience but after two storming Norwich gigs now, word will get out about the brilliant Yassassin.

 

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