Sounds Around Town – 3rd – 9th March

12241501_906906529389917_2204517758715109053_nVery much a quiet week ahead and to a fair degree more about the music that you already know and love than the new and unknown. However tonight bucks the general trend and offers two wonderfully original options and both within walking distance for those who like to mix and match their musical intake.

The Beehive’s Acoustic Buzz is a well-established monthly fixture, focusing on folk and roots music, often as the name suggests, delivered in a more strip back style. Tim Manning, the man behind it all, has a flawless knack for finding great acts and tonight is no exception. Headliners, Elliot Hall and Rapunzel mix folky and Americana threads and blend sweet and Waitsian vocal deliveries into a very unique sound whilst Marc Clements takes a smoother country-blues route. Opening the night as always, your host’s folk styling’s under his jobbing title of Blind River Scare.


Meanwhile up the road at The Victoria, indie and pop-aware folk is on the cards. Jasper In The Company of Others (pictured) is a furious fusion of fashion and tradition, built on acoustic sounds but so totally in tune with modern trends. Actually they are the band that Mumford and Sons have always tried and failed to be. Support comes from fellow folksters Alex Rainsford and his band, who wander between the delicate and the devastating musically speaking and opening the show is Swindon’s own Charlie Bath, whose emotive atmospherics and spine-tingling vocals never fair to impress.


Friday by contrast is all music you already know and love. A fitting tribute to the late, great David Bowie can be found at The Victoria with The Bowie Experience. Covering all the hits as well as some lesser known songs, you should book in advance as this promises to be a very busy night, especially as everyone is suddenly a Bowie fan at the moment.


A second big name tribute can be found at Level 3 with Bootleg Floyd whose set currently comprises of the album Animals being played in its entirety plus selected tracks from their other seminal 1970’s albums. Meanwhile upstairs at The Rolleston Hot Flex will be revelling in rock and metal with special focus on the NWOBHM era such as Saxon, Maiden and Priest.


A couple of original offerings are back on the menu for Saturday. Firstly Innes Sibun is back at The Rolleston. Innes matches guitar virtuosity with incendiary deliveries, rocked up, electric blues at it’s best and a backing band who can easily match his skills.


At The Locomotive, more original sounds and something a bit different. The Dustbowl Children are a full-on, upbeat, country rock band with a sound driven by lap-steel guitar and who’s music evokes a dusty, southern highway, truck stop and who singlehandedly sound like the score to the film Cocktail.


A second dose of Southern vibes come in the guise of The ZZ Tops who play tribute to Houston’s finest – fired up blues complete with the bands trademark barrelhouse rhythms, growling, distorted guitars, double entendre and innuendo. By complete contrast Sensation play tribute to the gods of glam-pop Abba at Level 3.


The younger element get in on the scene also with Post 12 playing pop-punk and classic punk covers and originals at The Swiss Chalet. Green Day, Sum 41, The Undertones and lots more besides.


And finally moving along to The Roaring Donkey on Wednesday, you will find The Shudders in acoustic mode. If you missed their recent album launch show for Angels In The Slipstream then not only is this a chance to improve the credibility of your CD collection but you also get to experience the band in stripped back fashion.


About Dave Franklin

Musician, scribbler, historian, gnostic, seeker of enlightenment, asker of the wrong questions, delver into the lost archives, fugitive from the law of averages, blogger, quantum spanner, left footed traveller, music journalist, zenarchist, freelance writer, reviewer and gemini. People have woken up to worse.
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