Charley Crockett + Big Steve Arlene + Hank Jd Sleek @ NAC 26 July 2018

 

Thursday was another sizzler as this heatwave goes on and on and on but there was a great atmosphere in the city as I caught a couple of sets from the Vagaband on The Walk (sounding superb) as part of Head Out Not Home, with a cooling pint inbetween outside The Garnet after the endless water guzzling.  This was followed by a lovely fish and chip dinner from my favourite chippy, The Grosvenor Fish Bar (thanks Duane!) listening to the Keno Kings outside the Birdcage and I even managed to catch sets by Georgia King and Dlore, playing the stage on the NAC front lawn, beautiful voices and for a couple of numbers at the end they performed a few songs together, harmonising wonderfully.

 

At 8pm the NAC doors opened its doors and everyone headed straight to the bar for a cold drink, it was one of those rare occasions where it was so hot there were jugs of water on tables – they were needed – and on the Mission Hall stage Hank Jd Sleek was spinning some honky tonk tunes. The Arts Centre was full of honky tonk, country blues, soul, boogie-woogie, cajun, and western swing.

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Over on the main stage at half past Big Steve Arlene was joined by his good buddies Henry Greenwood on blues harp and Will Fergusson on keys.  The 30 minute set flew by and they sounded superb, Big Steve throwing in a couple of covers by Springsteen and Waylon Jennings alongside his own brilliant originals.  He’s a fine lyricist and conveys emotion in these stories so well, and with Will’s gorgeous piano work and Henry’s haunting harmonica there were extra layers of atmosphere. Fabulous stuff. Steve is a true artist expressing his deepest feelings in song, and a really good guy too.

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Charley Crockett played his first gig outside of the USA at our beloved NAC earlier this year supporting JD McPherson for Punk Rock Blues, and wowed the audience so much they were promply brought back to headline this show.  Red Rooster material if ever there was one, perhaps they’ll be back for that next June.

 

In an incredibly hot hall his energy levels didn’t seem diminished on this the last date of the UK leg of their European tour, twisting and grooving to his blend of honky tonk, blues, Cajun jazz, boogie woogie, and a very healthy amount of soul, even getting the withering audience to dance along too. The music is infectious and so is the spirit, Charley is clearly an artist who means it, loves what he does and wants to make a real go of it. He’s the real deal and has the stories and the talent, backed by a terrific band too, great guitar, bass, piano, accordion and trumpet, the first half of the set was played without drums but they were joined by their stand-in drummer about mid-set.  Eminently charming, charismatic and friendly he had a long line of people wanting to shake his hand at the end and get merch signed.  Hopefully big things are to come for him.  The first hint of this came in the most unlikely of settings, closing last weekend’s Andrew Marr show on BBC.  About time Charley Crockett appeared on that!!  One could just make out Andrew Marr slamming the table and cheering at the end of the performance.

 

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A lovely evening, in an ideal world I’d have preferred it to be a few degrees cooler … maybe ten degrees cooler … but it gave everything an authentic Southern flavour, there was even a Lone Star flag of the Texas state draped over the piano.  The mood continues tonight with Hank Jd Sleek opening the Borderline for some more of this kind of thing at the Reindeer.

 

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Afterwards there was even time to catch a few sets at the end of Peter T’s weekly open mic night at the Walnut Tree Shades, including Slightly Offensive Steve.  I’m rather partial to this characterful pub full or characters and music.  On a day where I saw the Vagaband, The Keno Kings, Georgia King, Dlore, Big Steve Arlene, Charley Crockett, Hank Jd Sleek, Slightly Offensive Steve et al.  Norwich had a real festival feel. All of this on a Thursday too, plus all the gig clashes that included Fine City Blues, and Grapevine. It really is Norwich: Music City, UK.

 

Many thanks to Charley Crockett, Norwich Arts Centre, Grosvenor Fish Bar, and Outline Magazine.  My review for Outline will appear soon.

 

Charley’s new album Lonesome as a Shadow is out now.  I got mine on vinyl and signed after the gig.

 

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Listen here to Steve Arlene’s Americana show on Future Radio where he interviews Charley Crockett.

 

 

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Norm’s @ The Crypt: Beast With a Gun + Primes + Yellowhammers 13 July 2018 + Painted Heathers @ Sacred Sounds 12 July 2018

In the few weeks since my last Norm’s night the Crypt has installed a new and powerful Yamaha PA system and Mr. Jason stands like the sound king he is, tall at the back of the Crypt as Norm’s goes from strength to strength.

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NORM’S presents..
FRIDAY THE 13TH (of July) – BEAST WITH A GUN + The Primes + Yellowhammers + DJ Col Wolfe @ The Crypt, Bedfords, Norwich.
£5 ticket/door – Doors open 8pm.

Beast with a Gun have been one of my favourite bands since I first recorded them about 12 years ago. I’ve recorded them and booked them for more shows than most other bands, and I LOVE them. They played at the last ever night at Old School Studios, and I even got to guest with them on bass for a few songs, which I would gladly do again, wink-wink.. No pressure though!
Garage Punk Rock’n’Roll, with the best frontman in the world. 
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Support from soulful power poppers The Primes and quirky Anglo-Japanese left-of-centre indie from Yellowhammers.
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Col Wolfe from the best record label in the world, Spoke Records, will be spinning the matterful platters throughout the evening.
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PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD, and invite all your friends to this event page.

NORM’S brings you the bestest bands at least once a week at The Crypt, Bedfords, Norwich. http://normsnorwich.uk/

 

 

Another really warm evening as this long dry spell becomes a classic summer meant the opportunity for a pre-gig drink in Bedford’s courtyard ahead of selections from DJ Col Wolfe, and the opening set by Yellowhammers, who are Akemi (vocals), Morris (guitar), Ryan (bass), and Tony (drums).  Ryan’s bass helped give their overall sound a strong post-punk energy.

 

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Yellowhammers

 

They were followed by yet another new name to me, Primes, who at times came on like Jello Biafra fronting a mod band!  Energetic power-pop they threw in the odd surprise cover too, not least Bowie’s Modern Love.  They have a soulful element and play with a good energy and passion.

 

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Primes

 

Beast With A Gun are always a treat to see live, the only unfortunate on this occasion being that they clashed with another gig at Gringo’s which featured their friends from Yarmouth, Blisster.  These gig-clashes are a perennial thing in Norwich but as we discussed beforehand, it sure is a healthy problem to have.

 

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Beast With A Gun

 

 

The Crypt at Bedfords is a great space and I’m really pleased to learn that from Monday 16th July it will be opening for drinks six nights a week, whether there is a gig happening or not.

 

Next Norm’s night is on Tuesday, where among others, The howtocuredyslexia band continues his residency.

 

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The previous evening I headed to Last Pub Standing for a Sacred Sound night hosted by Ryan (Yellowhammers, Marla, Off With Their Records et al.), catching the final set by The Lovin’ Handful outside the market on the way.  Sacred Sounds opened with the gentle and beautifully haunting Nick Drake-esque atmosphere of Jonathan Cocker which was contrasted in big style with the ever impressive Painted Heathers who have quickly elevated themselves to the premier league of Norwich bands. Look out for their fantastic new single Hollywood.

 

 

To close the night we had Boston’s Vigilantes.  The room had thinned a little as it was last orders on a school night but everyone was enthusiastic, not least the band themselves who played a heartfelt set that included a wonderful version of Helter Skelter.

 

Big thanks to Norm’s, Bedfords, and Painted Heathers for the CD!

 

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Norwich Lanes Garden Party July 2018

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norwich lanes garden party

Norwich Lanes Garden Party, Georgia King

Georgia King, supported by Frank’s Bar

One of the highlights of the Norwich calendar is the Lord Mayor’s Weekend, which as well as the traditional procession also features a vast array of entertainment and music stages across the city, including Maui Waui, Sonic Youths, BBC Introducing in Norfolk, and Norwich Arts Centre.  It is usually also the time of the annual Lanes Fayre but this year instead of the Fayre we had a beautiful garden party featuring a stage outside the Birdcage on St. Gregory’s Green on both days of the weekend.  I spent much of Saturday at a computer screen but did get out in time some of the festivities, including the excellent Hempolics on the Norwich Arts Centre stage outside the Forum before dashing across the city with a huge fireworks display going on overhead to the Cottage where Penguins Go Pop were playing and Richard Penguin was celebrating his birthday. Fantastic atmosphere at both. Earlier at the Garden Party they celebrated a rich and diverse mix of creative talent starting at midday with live literature and poetry before opening up the stage for some live music with an open mic session that included Amy Rose, Niamh, Billy I Need a Holiday jazz duo, and Mutant Vinyl.  This was followed by ‘Skynt’ from Access Creative, with Baden, Nancy Dunnell, The Outset, and Finn Micheal Doherty. The final couple of hours being filled by djs from Our House & Flint Hair, and The House of Daze.

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The Hempolics, on the Norwich Arts Centre stage outside the Forum on Saturday night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Sunday I was able to fully immerse myself in the Lanes Garden Party experience from beginning to end, with gorgeous weather and a lovely crowd of people making for good company indeed, music lovers and contented football fans mingling together in the happy atmosphere.  The Garden Party feautured dj sets from Lanes djs, Chrome, and Soul Stew as well as some wonderful live music, all supported by local independent stores and Bullards Gin. Kicking things off was another fine set from Dlore playing electic guitar, rightly introduced as a talent we can one day say we saw play outside the Birdcage. He was followed by fellow Piratone Georgia King who sounded amazing and continues to impress each time.  The action was racked up some more with the energetic and talented Those Deadbeat Cats, playing their first of four sets for the day, local legends 4D Jones were as much fun as they always are, playing behind a framed picture of Harry Maguire, and the highly impressive Gladboy channeled all their influences such as rock, indie, reggae, grunge, pop and surf into a frenetic 45 minutes and who are gaining many new fans and admirers with each gig. Fresh from the Sonic Youths stage the previous day and a brilliant set supporting the incredible Starcrawler the other week they are exciting stars in the making. There’s a great dynamic within this band.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Norwich Lanes Garden Party, Gladboy

Gladboy, supported by Norwich Now/Jonty Young

Norwich Lanes Garden Party, Gladboy

Norwich Lanes Garden Party, Those Deadbeat Cats

Those Deadbeat Cats, supported by Grosvenor Fish Bar

 

The atmosphere at St. Gregory’s was so good, relaxed, friendly, and with space to amble about. The Lanes Fayre has become quite a large and popular event and can get busy and crowded which is testament to its success, popularity and reputation. With the Fayre having a year off the garden party was a more chilled but just as enjoyable affair where we could just sit back and enjoy the quality music with good sound. A rare treat as well to be able to enjoy the simple and harmless pleasure of taking a drink outside a pub and sit on the grass listening to great music after enjoying a delicious fish and chips meal between sets at the excellent Grosvenor Fish Bar.  A most enjoyable day. Thanks to Norwich Lanes, The Birdcage, all the acts and djs, Bullards Gin, Norwich Now, Grosvenor Fish Bar and all the other supporters of the artists. One thing that came across clearly was the appreciation that we live in a very fine city indeed and the love for Norwich that was expressed by the bands, the compere, and the people enjoying the party.  A real celebration of Norwich and the independent spirit of the Lanes. The perfect wind-down from a spectacular weekend of events across this magical and creative, independent little city.

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norwich lanes garden party

Norwich Lanes Garden Party, 4D Jones

4D Jones, supported by Moorish Falafel Bar

Norwich Lanes Garden Party, Georgia King

Georgia King, supported by Frank’s Bar

Norwich Lanes Garden Party, Dlore

Dlore, supported by Frank’s Bar

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Those Deadbeat Cats, supported by Grosvenor Fish Bar

Norwich Lanes Garden Party, 4D Jones

4D Jones, supported by Moorish Falafel Bar

Norwich Lanes Garden Party, 4D Jones

4D Jones, supported by Moorish Falafel Bar

Norwich Lanes Garden Party, 4D Jones

4D Jones, supported by Moorish Falafel Bar

Norwich Lanes Garden Party, 4D Jones

4D Jones, supported by Moorish Falafel Bar

Norwich Lanes Garden Party, Gladboy

Gladboy, supported by Norwich Now

Norwich Lanes Garden Party, Gladboy

Gladboy, supported by Norwich Now

Norwich Lanes Garden Party, Gladboy

Gladboy, supported by Norwich Now

 

The Norwich Lanes Garden Party is a fully licensed 2 day summer celebration in the heart of the Lanes on St Gregory’s Green. 

Pull up a blanket and make yourselves comfortable for a heady mix of great live music, DJs and much much more besides. Grab your drinks from the Birdcage and food from the local eateries and simply kick back, relax and enjoy.

This event has kindly been sponsored by the lovely people at Bullards Gin 
Their gin is made in the heart of the Norwich Lanes, is absolutely delicious and available from the bar all weekend to enjoy.

SATURDAY LINE UP

12-2PM: VOLTA (LIVE LIT & POETRY) with:

Anna Cathenka 
Cai Draper 
Andrew Hook
Nick Jackson 
Gboyega Odubanjo 
Flo Reynolds
Alex Russell 
Russell J Turner
Julia Webb 
Patrick Widdess
Olly Watson

2-4PM: OPEN MIC SESSIONS with:

Amy Rose
Niamh
Billy I need a holiday jazz duo 
Mutant Vinyl

4-6PM: ACCESS CREATIVE PRESENTS: SKYNT with:

Baden
Nancy Dunnell
The Outset
Finn Mícheál Doherty

6-8PM: OUR HOUSE & Flint Hair DJ’S & THE HOUSE OF DAZE

SUNDAY LINE UP

11.30AM: LANES DJ
12.30PM: Dlore supported by Frank’s Bar
1:00PM: Georgia King supported by Frank’s Bar
1.30PM: THOSE DEADBEAT CATS live band supported by Grosvenor fish bar
2.30PM: 4D JONES live band supported by Moorish Falafel
3.30PM: CHROME DJ set supported by Dogfish Menswear Seven WolvesCatfish Womenswear
4.30PM: Gladboy band supported by NORWICH NOW Jonty Young
5.30PM: Soul Stew DJ set supported by Philip Browne Menswear

After the show, join us in The Birdcage for an after-party with Soul Stew on the decks til late.

 

After Gladboy closed the live music action at The Birdcage I headed over to The Walnut Tree Shades, just as Those Deadbeat Cats had done a short time earlier to set up for their THREE sets there. It was sweltering but what a great sound and energy they make, and even with the heat they had people dancing, albeit with breaks to cool down outside. Those Cats onstage though must have been sizzling. As well as faithful covers of the likes of Stray Cat Strut and a Sun Studios medley they also somehow managed to put a reggae spin on Radiohead’s Creep and a rockabilly vibe on Tainted Love, Ace of Spades, and even Just Can’t Get Enough. After four sets there were still people wanting more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, I chilled out at Platform Twelve where Peter T was hosting his regular night which was closed by Niamh, with Courtney Marie Andrews-esque hair, whom I was hearing for the first time but who played the Birdcage stage for the Lanes garden party the previous day.

 

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Dereham Blues Festival 2018

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The Dereham Blues Festival Is Ready For The Opening Chords
New strings are on the guitars. The drums are tuned. The singers’ vocal chords are
warmed up. The set lists are prepared and the songs all rehearsed. The band playing
areas in the 12 town centre venues in Dereham are cleared and the shelves and cellars
are all stocked with extra refreshments.
Yes, the 2018 Dereham Blues Festival all kicks off on Thursday 12th July and over the
next four days through until the Sunday evening July 15th, the town will be alive to the
sounds of blues and roots music cascading from the venues. Truly a lot more than 12
bars of blues.
This year again some 45 bands, trios, duos and solo performers will be pouring their
hearts and souls out to several thousand blues enthusiasts who make the special trip to
Dereham to visit the town during the festival.
The opening gig on Thursday July 12th features the jazz and blues icon Georgie Fame
playing to a sell out crowd at the Dereham Memorial Hall. Music and refreshments will be
available before the gig starts. So why not come down early to make it a celebratory start
to the Festival.
Then over the next four days the town comes alive with a top lineup of local, regional and
UK blues acts filling the venues. For an up to date program of the four day festival go to
the website http://www.derehambluesfestival.org.uk/timetable-of-events-18.html .
Remember apart from the opening gig at The Dereham Memorial Hall on July 12th, entry
to all the venues is free over the four Festival days.
On Sunday afternoon the festival culminates with several jam sessions. Such is the
popularity of these sessions that this year there will be Sunday afternoon blues jams at
The Cherry Tree, The George, The Gemini as well the traditional jam at The Kings Head
Hotel in the beer garden.
The festival Chairman Harry Collins says, “This year’s Dereham Blues Festival is going to
be better than ever. So come on down and join the crowd in the town. You will be most
welcome and you will have a fantastic time.”.

 

The festival is this year sponsored by Busseys, Greene King, Stephenson Smart, and Orchard Caravans.

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Let’s Eat Grandma + Maya Law + Billy Clayton @ Epic 5 July 2018

 

As all the acts on this bill have at one time or another passed through the city’s excellent Access to Music course it was perhaps fitting that Let’s Eat Grandma’s homecoming gig (their first Norwich gig in two years) was held at Epic to a capacity crowd that I would guess was in the region of 400.  Surely the widest age span of any gig I can remember with a few seasoned gig goers looking for somewhere to sit, and many younger ones for whom the barrier at the front could have served as a chin-rest.

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A week or two ago Sink Ya Teeth launched their new album at Norwich Arts Centre and it was swiftly made a BBC 6 Music ‘album of the day’.  Now similar accolades are being given to one of our other duos, Let’s Eat Grandma with the release of the second album I’m All Ears which has been getting rave reviews.  Despite pre-ordering it way back in March and it being released on June 29, my copy has still not arrived (should I be worried yet?) and so I am therefore not too familiar with the new songs yet but it’s clear their sound has evolved.

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To open proceedings, however, was a local name I had not seen before.  Billy Clayton immediately impressed me with his confidence and stage technique.  A solo performer with a laptop doesn’t always make for the most engaging shows but no such issues with Billy whose positive and uplifting energy immediately connected with the appreciative crowd and he has the songs to back it up too, all well delivered.  I thought at the time how much I’d like to listen to these songs properly at home, and don’t know how his name has gone under my radar until now.  The full room gave him their full attention and enthusiastic response.

 

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Maya Law is much better known to me though and in fact I had seen her just a few days previously at the Flatlands festival.  Her progress and development is really impressive and she’s developed a charming stage confidence to go along with her terrific voice and songwriting.  A set with just one cover, and some new material, she mainly played guitar but put that aside for one which was blistering. She’s a real talent, commands the stage and attention but remains cheerful and friendly between songs making for a very likeable combination with the tough, no-messin’ attitude of some of the songs. Maya gets better and better each time.

 

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Ahead of LEG’s arrival onstage the first thing one noticed was a drumkit, soon occupied by a drummer for the album and set intro of Whitewater before Rosa and Jenny came onstage to huge cheers.  A pause before the music kicked off again increased the excitement and expectation and they proceeded to absolutely delight their fans who were such a healthy mix of people of all ages and musical tastes which shows the broad appeal of the experimental nature of their songs.  I saw people I often seen at blues, soul, indie, rock, and very heavy rocks gigs present here.

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The set itself has perhaps lost some of the visual element of that 2016 show but it was still engaging and the handclap routine remains but there’s no doubting the ‘bigness’ of their sound now and I admire they way they plough their own furrow regardless of any trends or criticism.  They seem to have a refreshing creative freedom and integrity about what they do and how they do it.

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Between song chat was at a minimum but there was no doubting the warmth and love in the voice when one of them simply said ” … Norwich … ” with a beaming smile. The audience responded in kind.  There was a palpable sense of occasion about this gig, it felt like an event and everyone present, without verbalising it just knew they were witnessing a band perhaps about to really take off. And who knows, that may open the doors for the discovery of the wealth of musical talent in our “unfashionable” – copyright Q – little city.  This gig was in a way a showcase of some of our super acts, and not one of them over the age of twenty.  But Norwich could easily have a similar calibre of showcase for local talents every week of the year. It really is that strong and healthy at the moment.

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There was still time afterwards for a quick cycle dash to The Reindeer to catch the last act of Shane O’Linski’s music night, Diamond Dave, who were a lot of fun and had plenty of people dancing. There’s music everywhere in this city.

 

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Big thanks to Rick at Epic.

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250 Years of Circus in 60 Minutes @ NAC 4 July 2018

Gossamer Thread returned to NAC with this new production literally celebrating 250 years of circus in a one hour show that was quite thrilling, beautiful and entertaining.

250 years of circus

 

Opening with a circus master calling on the horses to enter ‘the ring’ (the NAC stage was dismantled for this event) with a background of For the Benefit of Mr. Kite we had sixty minutes of enchanting circus history.

 

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Gossamer Thread Circus presents
250 Years of Circus in 60 minutes

In 1768 Philip Astley paced out a circle on the banks of the Thames in which to perform tricks on horseback. 250 years later, the standard circus ring remains the same size, and that moment is recognised as the birth of modern circus.

In this brand new contemporary circus show featuring world-class international artists, Gossamer Thread Circus invite you on a journey traversing the myriad evolutions of circus in all its various and varied permutations, in this the 250th anniversary of its birth.

It all began with a ring…

The creative producer and founder of Gossamer Thread Circus (previously Gossamer Thread Vaudeville Co. and purveyors of Gossamer Thread’s Curious Cabaret) is Daisy Black. Alongside her performance career, she spent 6 years researching and writing a novel about Philip Astley which she began during her time on the Creative Writing MA at the University of East Anglia.

Supported by Arts Council England, Seachange Arts, Jacksons Lane and Norwich Arts Centre.

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The Circus theme continues this summer with The Chapelfield Summer Circus big top from the 12-15 July.

 

 

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the circus is coming to town

Chapelfield Summer Circus

4 days of spectacular contemporary circus in a big top tent

Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th July 2018

 Plus FREE outdoor workshops for all ages Saturday and Sunday

Tickets on sale from Saturday 21 April – World Circus Day!

Thursday
8pm Fauna

Friday
7pm The Hogwallops: Lost in Translation Circus

10pm Circus Cabaret Lates

Saturday
11am-2pm Free outdoor workshops

2.30pm The Hogwallops: Lost in Translation Circus

7pm Knee Deep: Casus Circus

10pm Circus Cabaret Lates

Sunday
11am-2.30pm Free outdoor workshops

3pm Oak Circus Community Cabaret

Ticket prices for all shows £12/£7.50 (Community Cabaret £5/£3)

 

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Flatlands Festival 29-30 June 2018

Now in its second year this small and friendly little festival in deepest Suffolk had a big sound and big heart.  500 or so festival goers camped out in these farm fields in a beautiful setting for a varied selection of music with a live stage in a large marquee and a smaller dj tent with sets from Wayward Natives, Solko, Hot Damn, Dub, Sweat & Beers, Chrome & Illinspired,  and many, many others. It was hot, sunny and dry the whole weekend too.

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Once camp was set up and the site explored it was soon time for the first of the weekend’s live acts – introduced by compere for the weekend Paul Mills – opening the live stage was Joe Quinn and the New Lunarians, all nine of them!  They were followed by the wonderful soundscapes of The Wolf Number, Dr. Clyde, and the rapturously welcomed return of The Piratones. Two years since they last played the tent was packed for this and people were even dancing to their soundcheck! I have a lot of love for this band and evidently everyone else present felt the same way. Walking around the site the following morning I saw a sign on one of the food outlets saying “Closed. Gone to see The Piratones. Back later”.

 

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The weather was glorious throughout the whole weekend and the vibe was relaxed and happy among all the music fans gathered.

 

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On Saturday I caught marvelous sets by DLore, Maya Law, Piece, Alden Patterson and Dashwood, Binbag Wisdom, Nebula Sun, th mighty HANK, and Georgia King playing her first gig with her new band, featuring Flatlands organiser himself, Ash on bass, and Alex on drums.  This format really suits Georgia, she looked comfortable, relaxed and confident and her voice has never sounded better. Strong songs, great playing and amazing singing … she  made a big impression and has really found her place, style and format. It was lovely to see and hear!

 

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The night was closed in fine style by Mansion of Snakes, the Leeds band who headlined the Flatlands Christmas Party at NAC last year.  They too had the whole place dancing to their spacey, jazzy form of Afrobeat. 

 

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Thanks to Paul for allowing me onstage to snap the audience at the close of the set, and the festival, doing their best “Zombie poses”.

 

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As people returned to the dj tent and the campfire I had a wander around and passing the main marquee later I saw the poignant scene of a couple of people dancing to the Specials’ Ghost Town as we all prepared to pack away the following morning.

 

Big thanks to Ash and all involved in putting on such a lovely event that truly feels for and about the people and the music. Thanks also to Paul, The Wolf Number, and Alden, Patterson & Dashwood.

 

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