Dojo at The Murderers Music, for Hubs Gigs, and Miserable Man, D’Lore at The Reindeer, 3 April 2015
Good Friday saw as many gigs as ever in Music City UK, I opted to start the evening at The Reindeer for a bit of reggae and ska, with Miserable Man playing his usual infectious popsteady, and D’Lore, featuring Dan, Georgia, and Freddie of the Piratones, playing some pared down acoustic hip-hop. This was initially to have been a back garden barbecue gig but in typical British Bank Holiday tradition it started to rain just as curator Pedz had finished setting up the pa, so everything was moved indoors, to the relief of everyone, with the possible exception, of perhaps Pedz! Though his good humour and laid back attitude never seems to drop.
Miserable Man was starting his tour here this evening, heading off first thing the following morning to Camden before heading to France and Italy. His music is wonderful and uplifting, some reggae and ska classics are covered but he plays his own songs too in his unique style. He’s one of my favourite artists and people.
The music here finished relatively early so I made my way to The Murderers for South African reggae and soul band Dojo, although there were also tempting gigs happening at the Owl Sanctuary with Rebel Lion, and Epic where the Mouse Outfit were playing.
I think Pirate Joe had just finished when I got there and just had time for some hellos with the Hubs boys before Dojo took to the stage. The place soon filled up, people drawn by the deep basslines and horn section, which sounded superb in here with the excellent Junior Ras on sound duties. It was great to see the pub full of dancers and fine festival mood, the band could have played for hours but sadly it had to end at some point … with a fine five minute dubby and soulful instrumental.
Once again I saw some friends I’ve not seen for years, and met new friends, so a nightcap at Bar Tapas was in order to end the evening perfectly.
photos and video (c) all rights reserved Shashamane, 2015