On Thursday there was once again no less than 23 gigs, dances and open mics happening across our musical city. My destination of choice was Epic Studios for this month’s That Music Thing selection, one of the very positive outcomes of The Future of Norwich Music forum on Facebook and a show curated by Rick Lennox. An advance online ticket for the gig is free and it’s still only 3 quid on the door for these events. May’s line-up included two of my favourites in HANK and The Wolf Number, plus another chance to see local prog-rockers Guranfoe and for me a first opportunity to see Colchester’s rock duo Ghosts of Men. Everyone present seemed really impressed and satisfied by all acts. The Wolf Number closed their wonderful set with a brilliant and unexpected tribute to the recently passed Keith Flint and HANK closed the night in truly excellent style. I was glad to catch them having unfortunately missed their recent NAC support slot due to a typical Norwich gig-clash.
The previous evening I made my way through a particularly drunken campus as it was apparently “derby-day” and UEA had beaten Essex at something or other but I headed to the rehearsal room of the UEA’s Drama Studio where Chad Mason and Yellowlees were co-hosting a fundraiser for Cruse Bereavement Care. Chad also played a few numbers at the piano, a beautiful version of Tonight and an unexpected but apt cover by one of his musical heroes, Nick Drake’s Pink Moon. He and Yellowlees had decided beforehand that they’d both do a cover, Yellowlees performing Peter Frampton’s Baby I Love Your Way. I like the Drama Studio as a gig space and would be pleased to see more music taking place here.
Chad plays alongside Shane O’Linski. Bark Prelude and Ross Mitson at Richard Penguin‘s Folk on the Pier fringe where he presents three days of his Tea-time Showcase. Chad plays on Sunday 12 May at Cromer Social Club.