Wednesday night and the gigs still keep on coming. A damp and dreary night and some fatigue were slight hurdles but I’m glad I made it to Jurnets, a few minutes before a prompt 8pm start with no fewer than seven acts picked by Shane O’Linski for this final Current Undercurrent of the year, collaborating with Ryan and Off With Their Records for a live podcast recording.
Morris English eased us in with some quite beautiful guitar instrumentals, a short set which nevertheless made a favourable impression on me.
He was followed by a debut performance by new duo Battle Shultz, who are the latest collaborative project by birthday boy Iain Lowery and Al Soutgate. Switching between vocals and guitar this was a beautiful set with some lovely melodies, lyrics, mood and harmony. I really enjoyed this.
The changeovers were fast and the sets coming along quickly, and next up was Monkey Boy – “neither a monkey nor a boy” but familiar to most of us as Mark of The Neutrinos. This too was a highly enjoyable set with some great guitar playing and lyrics.
He was followed by another excellent musician on acoustic guitar, the brilliant Pat Falgate who entertained us with some Brazilian and Portuguese flavoured instrumentals, and was later joined by Bridget Holmes (of Playhouse) to accompany Camille Davila on her set. She tonight was playing electric guitar, and charmed us as she always does with her lovely songs. Bridget hit just the right mood with her flute and backing vocals too whilst Pat’s guitar was sumptuous. Camille has her album Hi-C re-released on Goodbye Records on Friday.
They were followed by the always on-form Ben C. Winn and the Panache. Iain Lowery back onstage providing drums as Ben played baking tray and “key-tar”. Tales of driving irritations, “let’s not do rounds tonight”, and annoying student neighbours struck a chord with most, even us non-drivers, as well as the frustrations of life’s more mundane daily cleaning chores “After the washing-up there’s always one more cup! Bollocks!” hitting something of an Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Invisible Girls meets Chas and Dave mood but for the most part the set carried a similar charm to Jilted John’s punk concept album masterpiece but creating something uniquely their own. A set of such entertainment there wasn’t even space for Bag in a Tree. Superb fun.
At the end of the set the audience broke into a spontaneous rendition of Happy Birthday to Iain … with some wag calling for “Speech!” which hit me squarely in the funnybone! 🙂
To close the night on a slightly quieter note, Joey Herzfeld played at the Jurnets piano and was joined by Jacob Solstice on guitar (who also played with the Panache), with a few numbers accompanied by Iain jamming quietly on drums, in an all-originals set which concluded with Seedy. In fact, come to think of it, I think every song played tonight by all the acts were originals. This was a great showcase for some of the perhaps slightly underground Norwich talents and the diversity of its music and talents. Everyone was just wonderful. It was well-attended, had a lovely atmosphere, and great sound.
Shane O’Linski hosts another night on Thursday. WolfsVolk at Cactus Cafe Bar with performances from Winter Visitors, Lisa B, Fiery Fred, French Dog, Gemma Khawaja, Joey Herzfeld, and DR Jones and the Ornithologists. He also appears at the event “Exposure” at Norwich Arts Centre on 12 December which will be recorded for BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction.
Late Junction’s Verity Sharp hosts the latest in BBC Radio 3’s series of showcases for experimental music around the UK. Sets from improvising three-piece Hymn, the project of trumpeter Chris Dowding, singer-songwriter Shane O’Linksi with a group specially assembled for this event, and the duo of violinist Laura Cannell and electronic artist Andre Bosman, aka Hoofus.
Show starts 8.15
An edited recording of this event will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Thursday 28th December at 11pm
Meanwhile, Jacob and Ryan will be at the Owl Sanctuary, also on Thursday for Lift Off, where Host, PreDawn, and Jacob Solstice and the Cosmic Order will all be playing in a night of post-rock, psych, jazz and prog.
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