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!


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.

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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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Nick Parker returns to the Roaring Donkey

10291855_655599347822650_4966922589267615587_nTonight at The Roaring Donkey we are really excited at the return of Nick Parker an artist who we have worked with many times over the last year since we first met, but this is where it all began. Anyone who is a fan of witty, wonderfully crafted, infectious songs with a pop-folk vibe and an infectious nature should certainly come along. Support comes from Adam Scott Glasspool who takes a more emotive and chilled approach but who is reason enough to make this show. Two great songfests, free entry and music from 9pm.
More info HERE