After what felt like months, it felt good to anticipate seeing The Vagaband again, in fact it was only the beginning of the month when I last saw them, but my standards that is probably a long time without seeing them! They were playing at the Trowel and Hammer pub, in Norwich, on a Saturday evening after a highly memorable Norwich City win against Everton (coming back from behind to win 2-1, with goals from legend in the making, Kei Kamara, and already legendary Grant Holt) so there was a great mood in the City.
It was an interesting line up, with Hugh absent, and also Joe, the first time I would have seen the band without this talented fiddle player. After a slightly low key first set due to some issues with the sound mix, they came up with a storming second set playing most of their classics and, as usual, getting the place dancing. I was having an evening off from DSLR duties so I may only have a snap of this gig. I was somewhat disappointed to learn a gig that was planned for Open in March has been cancelled, but they are however playing a very mouth watering gig at Epic in April with Feral Mouth and Das Fenster & The Alibis, which should be exceptional.
On the last day of February, Ash from Solko had arranged a Hubs event at the Bicycle Shop, giving us the chance to see the Sepiatones again, and a pared down, acoustic set from Norwich reggae influenced band The Piratones (featuring the tireless Pete Warner on drums) with headline by the now six piece Feral Mouth.
The Sepiatones are a very promising and hard working new duo, with some lovely guitar work from James Maas, whilst singer Trish Plant has a lovely voice and accompanies James with her acoustic guitar. They are also both great people and I look forward to hearing more of their work.
I really enjoyed the laid back reggae vibes and beautiful voice of Georgia of the Piratones. Unfortunately I was crowded in at the bar area and couldn’t get any decent photos of this set so will include some of another performance at Open 🙂
Feral Mouth have really hit a fine run of form, they have a great mix of fast and slower paced songs, and the new songs are amazing, I love Tatters, Nelson, and Old Man. The stage looked quite cramped accompanying six members, an upright bass and cello! They stormed into the set with title track of the forthcoming album, Nelson’s County Breakdown.
I think the moment that Feral Mouth really, really hooked me was during my first time of seeing them, when they played Diniler with an intro of the spiritual Wade in the Water. This is inspired and is always a highlight for me. On this occasion it was demanded by the audience, with a spontaneous breaking out of a chorus of Wade in the Water repeated over and over. The band looked briefly astonished but then Pete conducted us and the band joined in. A precious live moment and another great gig by a very fine Norwich band.