Sounds Around Town: 26th May – 1st June

12718143_1717934718490238_6474201312669645735_nAs we start seeing that strange yellow glowing thing in the sky again and notice the rain getting slightly warmer, it is time to turn our thoughts towards the festival season and as always the first of the local crop can be found in the form of Riffstock. The annual Riff’s Bar music festival starts tomorrow with a punky night including One Chord Wonders and 2 Sick Monkeys plus genre defying sets from Wes Bull and Martyrials. Saturday takes a more eclectic approach with alt-rockers A Way With Words, metallers Fist Full of Foozy and the art-punk riot that is Sea Mammal. Sunday is a more family friendly affair with The Shudders bringing their alt-country groove and the debut outing for Mo’eep. Obviously that is just the tip of the iceberg and you should check the venue’s website for a full listing.

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Sounds Around Town : 19th – 25th May

10712773_10152293780256876_355188488816819957_nI think we have pretty much everything covered this week generically speaking, everything from solo roots players to big ska-dance ensembles, from old school bar bands to forward thinking musical fusions. I can’t see any cause for complaint unless you are into Tibetan free jazz or a fan of the Inuit hip-hop scene, but you can’t have everything. After all where would you put it? Anyway, on with the task at hand.

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Songs of Praise: 12th – 18th May

12963827_10153440229201434_2550144404922643101_nIt may not be the busiest of weeks but it certainly plays host to some pretty big names, especially if you are a fan of the alt-folk and acoustic genres. And with that in mind I’ll leap straight in and talk about the next artist to take the stage at The Beehive as part of The Songs of Praise May Mini Roots Residency.

As part of her Songs of Our Years album tour, Gill Sandell is back in town. You may have seen her as a member of the critically acclaimed Red Clay Halo alongside Emily Barker, you may have even seen her playing the opening ceremony of the last Olympic Games alongside Frank Turner. But tonight it is all about Gill’s own lyrically captivating, perfectly crafted, modernist folk. Opening up the night is the haunting and dulcet tones of Luke De-Sciscio.

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Sounds Around Town: 28th April – 4th May

12654486_10153972441136757_7705425637639042490_nAnother busy week ahead for our music venues so I will get straight on with things, stopping only to mention that this is my 300th gig guide for the paper. Ballpark figures make that about 250, 000 words (if you include the extra reviews I throw in) a high percentage of them the likes of “ethereal,” “effervescent,” “fruition” and “plethora,” …blimey, no wonder I get called pretentious!

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Sounds Around Town : 7th – 13th April

11000403_879146475507010_2673386232907027780_nMusic trivia types will be fully aware that today marks the birthday of one of the true innovators of music, an artist who helped shape the course of modern vocal performance and who has gone down in history as a seminal influence on the evolution of contemporary music. But that is enough about Duncan James from Blue. Coincidentally enough it would also have been Billy Holiday’s birthday, arguably the greatest jazz singer of all time and of whom those previous accolades are equally true.

 

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