My first gig in a little while (due to putting my back out) was the first Tilting Sky at The Reindeer, Craig putting a really strong line-up together for the launch of The Turf Club Racebook’s much-anticipated album, produced by Chris Turpin and recorded at The Forge. Opening the Sunday afternoon gig was Craig’s son Rory Hill playing an impressive set which immediately silenced any post-roast chatter and captured the attention of all with just his vocals and guitar. Expressive storytelling somewhat in the style of Townes Van Zandt and he did in fact do a Townes cover, my first of three that I would hear over the course of the day’s gigs and his only cover among a set or strong originals. He explained that many were inspired by his wife but material is changing, including songs about the imminent arrival of their first child. It had been a while since I heard Rory perform, too long, and I enjoyed his set very much.
The middle slot of the bill was filled by the ever delightful Hot Raisin, again in their familiar trio incarnation they delighted the audience with a well-chosen set list which included Captain, Whiskey Ginger, Later, Feel and many other favourites but I’m always intrigued with music by familiar acts how it can be different songs that shine at different gigs. At this one, for me, it was definitely Midnight Gremlins where they all seemed to hit a particular groove and were really a unit gliding along. My set highlight from one of my favourite and most-seen bands and friends.
I’ve seen The Turf Club Racebook a great many times over the years too, from Graham’s early solo gigs to the current six-piece format that includes Mary, Tory and Luke from Hot Raisin, Jess on violin and Chase on double bass. Graham is one of the most modest people I know so it was pleasing to have TCRB headlining their own launch gig for Tilting Sky fresh off the back of an appearance with interview and live session for BBC Introducing in Norfolk, and I am pleased to now be able to listen at home to some favourites that have become familiar through these live gigs such as Well, Yeah and A Wondrous Thing, to name just two. The album can be heard on Spotify but do get yourself a CD if you are lucky enough to see them play live.
Big thanks to Tilting Craig and The Reindeer for putting this on, I look forward to future collarborations, this felt like a big success and I certainly had a great time.
Following this gig I headed over to Frank’s Bar, once again to catch Yve Mary B who I saw there for a beautiful gig at the end of Wild Paths last month. It was Yve who played a couple more Townes Van Zandt songs with both If I Needed You and White Freight Liner. She was already well into her set when I got there but I still heard her play for another beautiful couple of hours or more and she was still playing when I left a little after 10pm to catch the end of Peter T‘s Sunday Social at Platform Twelve! Having made it out of the house for the first time in over a week I was filling my boots with three Sunday gigs.
The Tilting Sky presents..
The Turf Club Racebook Album Launch Party, live at The Reindeer, Dereham Road, Norwich.
//with support from Hot Raisin and Rory Hill.
The Turf Club Racebook, a 6 piece folk-americana band from Norwich, are ecstatic to finally announce the launch of their eponymous debut album. Albums will be available on the day at a discounted price.
Support from local legends Hot Raisin, a trio who specialise in beautiful melodies, and brilliant singer songwriter Rory Hill, whose great lyrics will capture you immediately. Music starts at 4pm and finishes about 7pm
Why not arrive early for a roast? Booking advisable, but well worth it.
See you there!