Norwich music scene, follow up letter 8 May 2013

Following on from the excellent letter by Ken Mason in the EN last week, I wanted to echo his words and add a few of my own.

en letter may 2013

I wish to agree with every point made in Ken Mason’s excellent letter regarding music and the promoters in Norwich (EN 4 May 2013) The music scene in general is in very fine health, but speaking of the Norwich music scene in particular I cannot recall a better time.

As well as the fine national and international acts that these dedicated and hard-working promoters bring to our attention and our doorstep, we also have our own thriving scene of bands and artists working in the city itself. Some evenings there are actually so many wonderful events taking place it can be a difficult decision choosing which to attend.

Pete Warner (Pedz) has indeed been a great ambassador for bands from all genres and locations, I have lost count of the number of amazing acts I have seen and discovered thanks to musical introductions from him.

I also agree about the work of Alex Carson of Barefeet Records and Annie Catwoman of Wombat Wombat. Such is the wealth of talent around at the moment that Alex has had to set up a record label and regular music nights to showcase all these acts.

I would like to further mention Iain Lowery, with his OST nights at Cinema City and all the work he does for local musicians. Ian Hudson of Dreams Music and the regular events in the beautiful and intimate setting of the Bicycle Shop, Steve at Grapevine, and also Jack Pout. This dynamic young man hosts the eclectic and fascinating Lovely Promotions nights at the Ten Bells. Just this week I attended this event showcasing five local acts, Grimm’s Law, Stromm, Matt Watson, Thom Howe and Spritely. Three of these acts were totally new to me and hugely impressive. Young and new bands like Grimm’s Law have great potential.

Sadly, Richard Penguin’s Acoustic & Eclectic showcase nights finished just over a year ago, but he too continues to play an interesting mixture of music on his Future Radio programme.

The irony is that with all the wonderful talent pouring from Norwich, and the great music brought into the city, it seems to be largely ignored by the local press. In the same issue as Ken’s letter was an EN review of Simple Minds at UEA, who with all due respect were at their creative peak more than three decades ago. The previous week carried a review of Big Country, of the same era who have none of the original members in the line up. For contemporary creativity and excellent music take a listen to the music being brought to us by these fine people. Local acts like The Vagaband, Feral Mouth and Milly Hirst are able to pack out local venues and they are the future.

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