BOTB Final @ Duke’s Head, King’s Lynn 4 June 2017

On a busy Sunday, returning from Red Rooster I just had time to get washed and changed before heading straight back out again to see Hot Raisin in King’s Lynn for the final of the Twisted Melon/KLFM/Festival Too Battle of the Bands.  It was an early start in this quite formal setting with Mammal Not Fish kicking things off at 4:30pm.  They had a good entrance and opened in funky fashion with some nice guitar from James Maas and some very sharp songwriting from lead vocalist Davey Whales who has a good voice, I particularly enjoyed the true story about Prince of Wales Road.

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Mammal Not Fish

 

Hot Raisin were on next, in good humour as always and as a band as tight as ever too.  The set was all originals, the dynamics just perfect and there was nothing showy about the performance, they had fun doing what they do and let their excellent songs and playing speak for themselves, as one of the judges mentioned, they seem to play with a natural ease. Top class playing from all of them.

 

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Hot Raisin

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Hot Raisin

 

 

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Next up was Sam Coe and the Long Shadows, featuring Mark Howes on lead guitar.  Mark had made a similar journey as myself, also being at Red Rooster for a Dove and Boweevil set the previous day.  It’s been quite a while since I saw Sam Coe and the Long Shadows, probably since last summer but they played really well and impressed the audience and the judges.  A nice cover of Jolene featured too and they were well-received at my table.

 

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Sam Coe and the Long Shadows

 

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Sam Coe and the Long Shadows

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Sam Coe and the Long Shadows

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Sam Coe and the Long Shadows

 

Penultimate act were the charismatic Flint Moore, who seemed to have played on the same bill as all the Hot Raisin ones in this contest so this was my third time seeing them.  They play with earnest passion and intensity, have a lead singer with a distinctive growl and a great bassist who is every bit as animated onstage.  If you don’t remember the songs you certainly remember the energy and performance – it’s easy to imagine them on a big festival stage with their brand of energetic folk-prog.

 

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Flint Moore

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Flint Moore

 

To close the live performances was The Wise Naive, who on this occasion were one or two members down but were still a seven-piece band with a huge sound.  A singer with a belting voice she is also lively, animated and charismatic onstage.  Memorable songs and presence.

 

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The Wise Naive

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The judges once again had difficult decisions to make but on the night gave first place to Flint Moore who will play the festival supporting Busted, whilst runners-up will support KT Tunstall.  The final was once more played in great, friendly spirit which really struck me in each heat, there is no competitive edge and the cameraderie was pleasingly supportive and encouraging. That was really nice to see, people seemed to be taking part for fun rather than taking things too seriously.

 

 

Huge thanks to Hot Raisin (always winners in my book), and congratulations to Flint Moore and The Wise Naive.

 

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Red Rooster 2017 @ Euston 1-3 June 2017

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My Darling Clementine

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red rooster

Red Rooster’s fourth festival and my fourth Red Rooster festival, certainly a big favourite of mine which is why I look forward to it and keep coming back.  It has grown slightly year on year though I selfishly hope it doesn’t grow too big as there’s a beautiful intimacy and laid-back friendliness to it.  The grounds are glorious, the mood is good-natured and inclusive and the music is absolute dynamite.  It features just the two stages, the Little Red Rooster stage is the smaller, more acoustic-based one whilst the main stage under a huge marquee in a small wood features the louder electric music.

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Dove and Boweevil on the Little Red Rooster stage

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Errol Linton on the main stage

I gather there were about 3,500 attendeding this year, the first to completely sell out, but there were ample food outlets and toilet/shower facilities, and everything seemed very clean and well organised.  

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Danni Nicholls performing on the Little Red Rooster stage

After setting up my tent on Thursday afternoon in some intense sunshine it was time to catch some music on the main stage, compered again by the one and only Paul Mills.  My Darling Clementine were already well into their set by the time I got to there but I saw enough songs to  be well and truly hooked on my introduction to this band and bought their debut album on the strength of their set. Fans of the Arlenes will love them.  They were followed by the legendary Rockingbirds (featuring Patrick from The Vagaband on pedal steel) and CC Smugglers who closed the live music on the first day ahead of some dj sets.

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Jess Morgan on the Little Red Rooster stage

The weather on Friday started well but the rain and thunderstorms we had all been concerned about finally arrived mid-afternoon but thankfully not as torrential as feared and it didn’t appear to dampen anyone’s spirits.  I was mightily relieved that my new tent survived its first rain test OK.

On the Little Red Rooster stage I caught some fine music, including Danni Nicholls, The Wandering Hearts, Robert Chaney, Ags Connolly, The Arlenes, and Jose McGill (with Noel, Tris, and Joe from The Vagaband).  I enjoy when Jose plays stripped back sets like this, it gives a new angle on familiar songs and the new ones sounded fantastic.

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Jose McGill

 

Wandering Hearts

Wandering Hearts

 

This small stage has moved around since last year and now faces the marquee and wooded area.  There were a few sound issues on the Friday and some bleed from the main stage but I still had a great time here, it’s a lovely spot to hang out in (especially when the sun is shining) although I did wish a few times that the sets from the two stages were staggered as there were occasions when a set finished on the main stage and an exodus of people made their way here only to catch the final song on this stage but I suppose such things are inevitable. It’s a mellow and relaxed spot, with the sun shining and music coming from the small stage you can just sit on a hay bale, sip bourbon and totally immerse yourself in the Red Rooster vibe.

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One of the big name draws for many for the weekend was Nick Lowe, and his set-closer of “Alison” was definitely a festival moment.  Following him was a name recommended to me, that of Cale Tyson.  I’m so glad I caught his set, seemingly laid back but very professional with an incredibly tight band, it was a real joy to hear this honky tonk outlaw country on the big stage, it sounded fantastic.  My second vinyl purchase of the festival was assured.  I loved the introduction to a song about a bar in his home city of Nashville. “It’s a dirty, cheap ten dollar place, the sort of bar you could contract a disease just by going to. I spend a lot of time there … ”  His set was a festival highlight for me.

(Thanks to smartabrett on YouTube for the video footage)

 

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Barrance Whitfield and the Savages

I think Saturday is my favourite Red Rooster day of all, things get a bit more dangerous with some Punk Rock Blues on the main stage but I eased in gently with some Norwich favourites playing acoustically on the Little Red Rooster stage first, Jess Morgan, Dove and Boweevil, Big Steve Arlene and Friends, whilst on the main stage I caught the excellent Errol Linton who fused blues with reggae and some outstandingly memorable sets with the incomparable King Salami and the Cumberland 3, followed by Guadalupe Plata and a bit later the soulful, garage rock and roll, Sonics-esque Barrance Whitfield and the Savages. The atmosphere for these sets was superb.

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King Salami and the Cumberland 3

Vinyl purchase number three was for Guadalupe Plata’s second album.  Playing under suitably red lighting throughoug the set was compelling and even featured washtub bass. I first saw this band at their first British date in Bedfords Crypt for Jug Jaw’s Beat Club in Norwich in what was one of my favourite gigs of 2016. I was wearing the t-shirt I bought on that day and the guy selling their albums insisted on calling the band over to sign my album. Although they speak no English and I speak no Spanish we connected through the language of music and they were absolutely lovely, really friendly, not only signing but writing messages in Spanish and drawing their logos and tattoos. Absolutely wonderful people.  Their music is so dark though that it came as something of a surprise to find the evening sun was still shining afterwards!

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King Salami and the Cumberland 3

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King Salami

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king salami and the cumberland three

King Salami

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Guadalupe Plata

 

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I do love this festival, as well as the music it is the atmosphere and the festival vibe that makes it. I lost count of the number of friends from Norwich, Lowestoft and elsewhere that I bumped into and caught up with, I just felt full of love for friends and music and Red Rooster.  It’s a super site to wander around and very safe. There are medical teams, and security is around if needed but they keep their presence low-key which helps the relaxed vibe. It is child and dog friendly and there are plenty of places to explore on the grounds, as well as the food area there are camp fires, stalls and even a Howlin’ Woods dj tent which played great music to the early hours each night.

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Red Rooster is just at the point now where simultaneously one wants to shout about it and how great it is but also at the same time to keep it a special secret that doesn’t get spoiled by getting too big, though it certainly has the capacity to grow further.  Although a tiring weekend it was hugely enjoyable, for me Saturday was the strongest day for music and I came away feeling like I’d had a little holiday.

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Thanks Red Rooster, the best little festival in the Country. Can’t wait for it to come around again … ’til next year!

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Guadalupe Plata

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Guadalupe Plata

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King Salami and the Cumberland 3

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King Salami and the Cumberland 3

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The Hanging Stars

The Hanging Stars

John E. Vistic

John E. Vistic

Big Steve Arlene and friends

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Nick Waterhouse

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Robert Chaney

Robert Chaney

Cale Tyson

Cale Tyson

Cale Tyson

Cale Tyson

 

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Nick Lowe

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Case Hardin

Case Hardin

The Arlenes

The Arlenes

JD McPherson

JD McPherson

Danni Nicholls

Danni Nicholls

 

 

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Sink Ya Teeth + Painted Heathers @ NAC 31 May 2017

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At the end of a short, successful tour promoting single “If You See Me” on 1965 Records, Sink Ya Teeth returned to their home city with a triumphant gig at Norwich Arts Centre, a good crowd turned out to welcome them home on this triumphant return.  Gemma and Maria have also had plenty of national airplay for the single too, I myself have been delighted to catch them at least twice on BBC6 Music from Lauren Laverne and Tom Ravenscroft.

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The music was opened by three-piece Painted Heathers with a punchy and entertaining set of tunes that occasionally brought to mind the 90s indie sound, particularly Blur and Elastica.

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There was a great atmosphere for this gig and a lot of love for Gemma and Maria who appeared to be having a lot of fun. Towards the end, for the single they recreated the video onstage with lots of friends joining them for a dance.  A band going from strength to strength, every gig feels “bigger” and more powerful, I am so pleased they are getting the recognition they so richly deserve, and felt lucky to get myself one of the last copies of the single on 7″ vinyl … they have all gone now of course.  There’s an intensity and underlying darkness at times in what as a whole is a glorious sound.

Wednesday 31st May 2017
8:00 PM
£5.00
Standing

+ Painted Heathers + DJ sets from Pete Keeley and Sink Ya Teeth

(We got a hometown show, y’all!) 🙂

Sink Ya Teeth, bring their dance-infused post-punk minimalism to Norwich Arts Centre. Described as both mesmerising and ferocious by fans and industry alike, the two-piece possess a primal intensity that reflects the bands name.

Join them as they celebrate the launch of their debut single on 1965 Records, ‘If You See Me’, a playful, bass-driven electro groove with spatial synthetic sounds.

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Hot Raisin @ OPEN and @ Twisted Melon/KLFM BOTB in West Winch 27 & 28 May 2017 with Flint Moore + Damaged + Dog Fight + The Wise Naive

In something of a Hot Raisin weekend I caught up with Tory and Mary playing as the Hot Raisin duo at OPEN supporting History and Lore, alongside Ginny Dix and The High Points. Whilst Sunday saw the second semi-final of the Twisted Melon/KLFM/Festival Too 2017 Battle of the Bands contest, held at West Winch close to King’s Lynn.  The calibre of the five bands in this heat was superb.  Opened in noisy, riff-heavy fashion by Dog Fight (complete with Battle of Britain pilot’s mask on the mic stand), I enjoyed them and their spirit, the singer has a great voice.  They were followed by the even noisier Damaged from Cambridgeshire, hardcore punk with great presence, spirit and energy. Not afraid of being political either.

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Dog Fight

 

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Dog Fight

 

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Damaged

 

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Damaged

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Damaged

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Damaged

 

 

Drawn to play next were The Wise Naive from Peterborough. This was a slick and professional outfit of eight or so members playing soul, funk and rock with brass backing behind a tremendous voice. They had a lot of presence and were highly impressive.

 

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The Wise Naive

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The Wise Naive

 

It was well past 10pm by the time Hot Raisin’s turn to play came around, the full five-piece band made me feel a strange sense of pride as they displayed everything I love about them with a wonderful sound – the soundman nailing it – and playing a great gig.  Hot Raisin are a band who just always make me feel good and happy, and as people I love to hang out with them too, they brought all of this onstage with them and were just totally themselves, doing what they do and doing it brilliantly. Looking relaxed, enjoying themselves and sounding tight. They opened with Captain and followed with Later, Like a Bear, Embrace Me, an excellent Track and Field, Wolf in Me Skin, and closing with a belting Whiskey Ginger.  They played one of my favourites gigs I’ve seen from them, the dynamics of the band is just right with no competing egos, they obviously enjoy each other’s company on and offstage, respecting each other as friends and musicians but they also bring that other special ingredient. Fun. They clearly love being together and as an audience member you always pick up on this and just know that they are being natural enjoying playing their music.  The songs of course are strong and all played really well, I liked that they were true to themselves with the spontaneous little touches like the drinking game or the exchanged glances and smiles, even laughs, that show their personalities and individuality … and when they’re personalities with such positive energy as theirs that is to be strongly encouraged.  I felt all of this was well-reflected in the excellent summaries from all of the judges which were all full of praise.

 

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Hot Raisin

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Hot Raisin

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Hot Raisin

 

 

 

Closing the night’s live music was Downham Market’s Flint Moore whom I saw in the last heat.  Possibly even more impressive on this occasion they have a good sound, play with intensity and are strong visually.

 

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Flint Moore

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Flint Moore

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Flint Moore

 

It cannot have been an easy task for the judges to select the bands to go through, I enjoyed all the acts and would see each of them again but I think I agreed with their selection, sending Flint Moore, The Wise Naive, and Hot Raisin through to the final!  The event was once again played in good spirit with everyone supportive of each other.

 

Huge thanks and congratulations to Tory, Mary, Luke, Tom, and Daryl

 

The William Burt Social Club was so vast that it was also hosting a kind of 1940s dance night in another area, which I stumbled upon between bands … I thought I was Gary Sparrow in Goodnight Sweetheart for a moment…

 

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To think, this was going on in the same building at the same time that Damaged were playing!

 

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The previous night’s gig at OPEN saw Hot Raisin opening with a most enjoyable set of 20-25 minutes or so and a special treat was to hear the first airing of a reworking of an old song which is called Conscious.  As so often happens their set seemed to be over in moments but it was good to see the girls and I knew I’d be seeing them again the following day.

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The original line up was to have included Chalky Seas who were unfortunately unable to make the gig but their slot was taken by Ginny Dix who of course is one of the band. She too played an enjoyable set at the piano which was well appreciated by the audience.

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Ginny Dix

 

Apparently The High Points used to be Chasing Creation who I have seen once or twice at Jug Jaw’s Beat Club but they’ve clearly had a re-branding and have a funkier sound now and played with good energy to some enthusiastic fans down the front.

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The High Points

 

I can’t say I knew much about Cambridge’s History and Lore who came across as really nice people but seemed to be plagued by technical problems, however they were filming the event for their new single … complete with a multitude of inflatable animals thrown into the audience, so they were not going to be defeated. For me something wasn’t quite right with their live set on the night but I could tell that it would be interesting to check out their recorded work, there was an 80s indie thing going on at times.

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History & Lore

 

 

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History & Lore

 

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Morganway + Hope in High Water + Ralegh Long @ Grapevine for Music in The Guildhall 25 May 2017

It’s funny how often so many musical things connect, throughout the day I had Neil Young songs in my head, and at a balmy Guildhall midway through Ralegh Long’s set for Grapevine he mentioned he’d sent Steve a preview of one of his new tracks, which Steve observed reminded him of The Waterboys, so Ralegh played for Steve a cover of Fisherman’s Blues which in turn I rather thought sounded a little like Neil Young in this form!

 

Hope in High Water have this week been supporting Sarah Darling, Michael Logen, and Jenn Bostic for Nashville in the Round, sandwiching the Norwich date on Tuesday, an event which closed with an unfortgettable off-mic rendition of Dolly Parton’s Jolene.  For the second time  this week I heard this song performed live, by the brilliantly on-fire Morganway, introduced by Steve as “the greatest band in the world”.

 

 

Morganway followed that one with a new song to me, entitled Frozen in Our Time, which had me in goosebumps such was the power of this performance and the Native American feel of the beat, the drums almost tribal and with everything just feeling so right. Arriving seemingly fully-formed I think this is already quite possibly my favourite Morganway song, alongside other favourites Devil’s Canyon, and Hurricane which both appear on their new 4-track EP, “The Hurricane EP”

 

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The last few times I have seen the band I’ve been in no doubt they have become Norfolk “Premier League” with great songs, variety, melodies, musicianship … and spirit. This is a band just so alive when they perform and Yve is a quite brilliant front-person totally in the moment and feeling the songs totally. She seemed to be especially shining today, lighting up the room with her soul and the whole band seemed to be having a blast too, Callum sporting a brand new cherry red Gibson.  They actually had people get up from their tables to dance, the people on the balcony were dancing too and they got a deserved standing ovation at the end of the set. For their encore they closed with a singalong Springsteen cover (Dancing in the Dark).  They had a good backline of amps and it was nice to hear such volume and punch in a central city venue, and the mix Dickie gave them was superb …. Matt’s keys were glorious, almost sounding like another guitar at times, it was good to hear him so clearly and their sound was spacious, just as it should be.  The past few times I have seen Morganway I have felt it the best yet, they just keep on getting better. A brilliant band.

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A definite love at first sight since coming across Hope in High Water for the first time just over a year ago at a rather challenging gig, supporting the excellent Nikki Lane, I’ve subsequently seen them quite a few times in more attentive surroundings such as this.  Josh and Carly are extremely lovely people and they have a great chemistry as musicians too, you can feel their connection on many levels and they’ve hit on a great musical formula after their punk pasts with Hope in High Water.  Both with distinctive voices there is a magic in the way they sound together and songs such as She Cries and Angels in Heaven positively soar.  They closed the set with the song that first truly drew me into their world, the wonderful Who’s Gonna Hold Your Hand.  All of these tracks are on their debut album (released 26 May) entitled Never Settle, a title given added poignancy with one of Carly’s background stories on the night.  The album itself features a full band whereas live they play as a duo with guitar and banjo. They launched the album in London last week, with Robert Chaney and Laura Tenschert, both of whom played with them at the Nikki Lane gig, and Grapevine last year.  I find their music so soulful and each song has such resonance, storytelling experience and expression at its best. Meaningful and touching somewhere deep within the soul. New single and video “Four Strange Walls” is an original but the strength of the personal songwriting makes it feel like a classic from the country blues gospel tradition … a song of sorrow, salvation and apology for the past. Just brilliant writing and to see Josh and Carly together is to witness two connected soulmates.

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Hope in High Water

 

 

 

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If I have any regret about the night at all it was that I didn’t get much opportunity to catch up with Josh and Carly a bit more, so busy was the night in what must have been a close to capacity Grapevine. A hot one too making it a two-fan night! It was a hot one but thankfully not quite as bad as I had been led to expect. The audience included a number of friends, some I had not seen in a while, most notably Alabama’s (and Yve’s) Tone Brook!  Back in Norwich for a month or so after an absence of a couple of years.  It was so good to see him again, I hope to catch one of his Norfolk gigs again very soon.

 

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Happy, Smiley, Yvey

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Yve of Morganway

 

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A sensitive set, on electric guitar, Ralegh Long travelled up from London for this gig, his second at The Guildhall, he seemed to be enjoying the set too, taking a selfie with the audience and having the idea of getting the audience to harmonise in this lovely building before realising it was a bit complex and thinking better of it, and asking for a fan to be turned off as it was making his hair look “a bit too ’80s”!  But also gave interesting insights between songs. He too had CDs available and currently has a Pledge campaign for his second album.

 

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Ralegh Long

 

Great scenes at another lovely Grapevine night put on by Steve and Jan, it isn’t often you see an audience at a gig in a cafe erupt as one for a standing ovation, and as Josh said, there is a good and supportive vibe about the Norwich music community and nights such as this put on by and for music fans … all of the ticket money goes straight to the artists performing.  This is actually a surprisingly rare thing in many cities. The best thing of all about the Grapevine audience is that it is attentive and respectful but also demonstrably appreciative which heightens the enjoyment for all concerned.

 

 

 

 

Despite being up til 4am writing this up and editing photos/videos I still awoke with a good feeling from a buzzing gig and am enjoying listening to “Never Settle”, with the Hurrican EP line up next! 🙂

 

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Nashville in the Round with Sarah Darling + Jenn Bostic + Michael Logen plus Lisa Redford + Noel Dashwood @ NAC 23 May 2017

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It felt rather as if summer had properly arrived as Norwich Arts Centre hosted this evening of gentle and heartfelt country-flavoured music from these three Nashville-based musicians on a balmy evening, gentle country and folk music drifting from the auditorium.  The Blue Moon beer from the bar was very refreshing!

 

Support came from Lisa Redford who was joined by one of our finest musicians, Noel Dashwood on dobro.  Lisa played a lovely set of Americana flavoured songs with stories of “what might have been”  gently and sensitively accompanied by Noel.  The storytelling of the songs and Lisa’s pure and emotive voice was a real pleasure to listen to.  Lisa has herself spent time living in the states but is once again Norwich-based now.

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Lisa Redford with Noel Dashwood

 

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The In the Round section of the evening was split into two sets around a short interval with Sarah Darling, Michael Logen, and Jenn Bostic all taking turns to give a little introduction, chat and play their songs in rotation.  Their gentle ways were very complimentary to each other with some subtle accompaniment on many of the songs.  All of them well-crafted and beautifully played with great sensitivity,  Sarah and Michael both playing guitar whilst Jenn played piano, although she also played guitar for a rootsy blues number, which I loved. As well as the musianship and voices, what really stood out in a performance like this was the superb quality of the songwriting, from each of them.

 

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Jenn Bostic

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Sarah Darling

 

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Michael Logen

 

Of course the day had been a sombre one followed the shock and tragedy of the events in Manchester the previous night and they all made sensitive reference to this, in quite a healing and beautiful way, we are all gig goers after all and music is our medicine.

 

nashville in the round

nashville in the round

 

 

At the end of the second these three beautiful souls all appeared in the middle of the sold-out seated audience for a lovely joint slow rendition of Jolene with gorgeous harmonies to cap a fine night of music.  I wasn’t very familiar with any of these Music City artists prior to this gig but with this introduction came away as a convert to the music of all three of them, who, it must be said, are also extremely lovely people too.

 

 

On the previous night, and indeed the tomorrow night too, they share the stage with a duo who are big favourites of mine, Hope in High Water, lovely friends of mine who make their visit to Norwich on Thursday at The Guildhall for Grapevine.

 

nashville in the round

 

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nashville in the round

 

 

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A taste of Nashville returns to the UK in May 2017.  An evening in the style of the Nashville’s famous Bluebird Café as Sarah Darling, Jenn Bostic and Michael Logen come together.

Sarah Darling
Over her career Sarah Darling has released several albums with 1/2 a million downloads worldwide and two number 1 videos on CMT and GAC. Her biggest hit, ‘Home to Me’ lead to performances on Conan O’Brien, Fox & friends, and opening for artists like Carrie Underwood and Kacey Musgraves. She recently supported chart topping duo Ward Thomas on their UK tour.

 

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Sarah Darling (publicity photo)

 

Jenn Bostic
Jenn Bostic is a Minnesota native, currently residing in Nashville, Tennessee. Her emotive songwriting and powerful vocals have been touching hearts around the world. “Jealous of the Angels,” a song written for her late father, allowed her to connect and empathize with her fans in a remarkable way. “Jealous of the Angels,” produced by Barrett Yeretsian was discovered by Smooth Radio’s Simon Bates, where the song immediately jumped into the station’s Top 10 Most Played. The song was soon playlisted on BBC Radio 2, and after a live performance on BBC Breakfast it went #1 in the UK. In 2012, Bostic received 5 Independent Country Music Association Awards including “Best Female Artist,” and “Best Songwriter.”

 

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Jenn Bostic (publicity photo)

 

Michael Logen
Michael Logen was raised on America’s hard-luck song-canon of folk and traditional country, heartfelt and authentic music. Growing up in a Mennonite home in the beautiful, historic town of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, he learned to play guitar, piano and harmonica during informal living-room jam sessions with friends and family. Michael’s songs have been recorded by, and often co-written with, many other artists including Kelly Clarkson, Mat Kearney, Jonny Lang, Brandon Heath, The Greencards, Paul Carrack, Will Hoge and Sister Hazel, to name but a few. His songs have also been featured on several TV shows including Nashville (ABC) and, Parenthood (NBC).

 

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Michael-Logen      ( Copyright Jon Karr )

 

 

 

Hope in High Water … back in Norwich on Thursday 25 May at The Guildhall, for Grapevine, along with Morganway, and Ralegh Long.

 

 

 

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Jim Jones and the Righteous Mind + Beast with a Gun @ Waterfront Studio 21 May 2017

To continue my weekend of dirty, bluesy rock and roll after the previous night’s James Leg / Bonnevilles gig at NAC, Sunday found me once again in my Outline capacity at a muggy and sweaty Waterfront Studio for Jim Jones and the Righteous Mind, supported by local favourites Beast with a Gun.  You can read my review on Outline Magazine’s website, here.

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jim jones and the righteous mind

 

I suppose we are really going to feel the loss of Old School Studios as Beast with a Gun sounded their absolute best at Jason’s studio/venue and their recent spot their for the final gig was a blinder.  They always put on a great show and I was glad to see their name on the bill for this one.  A broken guitar string early on and a few technical difficulties didn’t knock them off their stride and I am fairly confident they won some new admirers.

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The Jim Jones Revue were a phenomenal live band and I was never in any doubt that Jim Jones and the Righteous Mind would carry on in that vein.  That proved true enough, they played a blistering set with thumping drums, low slung Rickenbacker bass, pedal steel guitar, a Gretsch or two, huge riffs, that distinctive piano led sound and of course Jim Jones’ unique voice.  They capped off a fine weekend of dirty rock and roll in magnificent fashion, I’d urge anyone to see them play live.  Read the fuller review on Outline and check out their new album Super Natural … next time they visit, go see them, they’ll blow your socks off!

 

 

They too had an interesting merch table including their new album on vinyl, some distinctive t-shirt designs as well as some striking artwork by bassist Gavin Jay.

 

 

 

 

More photos to follow…

 

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