Another 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!
Moving on. A new venue comes onto the scene tonight in the shape of Baila Coffee and Vinyl, which has been hosting a few events in the main room for a while now but which now offer an intimate and interesting soiree in The Loft room courtesy of Songs of Praise. It’s a challenge to know how best to describe an artist like headliner Grant Sharkey in just a few words. Musician who incorporates humour? Stand up comic who writes songs? Environmentalist cabaret? Mirthsome agitator? Arch-Liberalist? Poignant and insightful buffoon? It’s all in there somewhere. Support comes from Canute’s Plastic Army and Mr. Love and Justice main man Steve Cox. Places are limited so get there early.