Penguins Go Pop at Fat Cat Brewery Tap – The Anna Mudeka Band at The Blueberry – Dove and Boweevil at The Walnut Tree Shades, BFR Showcase with Natalie Lake, Daniel Hopkinson, Otto Billström at Gonzo’s Tea Room, 27 July 2014. Photos by Richard Shashamane
Sundays in Norwich are amazing for music these days, this one providing a marathon of four gigs over seven hours, with many others scattered around the city.
On a beautiful sunny afternoon I started off at the Fat Cat Brewery Tap for the latest in the re-formed Penguins Go Pop series of gigs. That is of course “re-formed” as in playing again, they have not reformed in any other sense and are as bonkers as ever. They’d just started their set when I arrived and were playing to a good-natured audience and clearly have a great time themselves. The place was baking hot though so everyone was thankful for the half hour break between sets. Richard Penguin of course was wearing his penguin shirt and had a box full of props and despite a painful toe resulting from an incident with a bookcase housing his complete collection of Blue Peter annuals managed to dance to the How an Astronaut Feels song*
Following on from this gig was a dash to the Blueberry for a gig by the ever amazing Anna Mudeka Band ahead of the Mudeka Foundation Southburgh Festival. In resplendent afros Anna and Glynnis were all action, energy, smiles and song, backed by their brilliant band. As always they got the place dancing, especially in the second set when everyone was suitably refreshed by African barbecue and the great selection of beers here. Anna was playing in the pub where her Norwich live music career began an incredible 19 years ago!
After this I made my way to the Walnut Tree Shades to catch 40 minutes or so of Dove and Boweevil in one of their regular haunts. Sounding great as always, it’s so good to see Bo back in the groove and playing his beloved guitars.
It was also apparent that there was a small group of us who had been to the same three gigs and by chance our paths kept crossing. However, I think I was the only one who headed off in the direction of the wonderful Gonzo’s Tea Room. It was good to see it in daylight. A marvellous place with lots of wood sofas and loungers on various levels, and even resident pug.
Performing for Alex Carson’s BFR showcase tonight were Natalie Lake, Daniel Hopkinson, and Otto Billström. A first BFR gig to be held here, and my first time here for live music, and it worked well, I think I could become quite fond of this venue.
* One detail of that sentence may not be entirely factual
words and photos, richard shashamane 2014