24273539_1528535153898237_8100364659371404232_o.jpgJust like Home and Away girl turned Rom-Com go to supporting actress Isla Fisher, this week’s column will be short and sweet. There is always a lull at the start of January as people move from days spent in their pyjamas watching re-runs of Love Actually to hours crying at their desk as the reality that it is all over for another year finally gains acceptance in their egg-nog addled brains. Add to that a couple of venues seem to be in flux at the moment, or at least taking a breather from music (or of course just not advertising their gigs very effectively) and there is very little to report on. But what I have been able to garner is as follows.

Skipping right over Thursday’s lack of activities, Friday sees an acoustic set from The Sulks. Normally a band swathed in swirling psychedelic pop, post-punk resonance and well crafted shoegazery, it will be interesting to see just how their music strips down to a less dressy musical affair. Joining them are The Harlers, now a three-piece but still trading in blues infused, epic garage rock, The Basement Club whose sound is one of groovesome and accessible indie and opening the night is Josh Wolfsohn.

The Bulltown Boys return to The Groves Company Inn for a night of rockabilly influenced by the likes of Messrs. Cash and Presley, the very Reverend Horton Heat and more than a dash of Long Island’s finest The Stray Cats. Be prepare to bop, stroll and jive and generally cut rugs and flip your collective wigs.

Along at The Queen’s Tap The Electric Troubadours will be laying out a stall of classic rock not only from the seventies heyday but also venturing back into hits from the 50’s and 60’s rock and roll era and also forward into more contemporary waters with the likes of The Kaiser Chiefs.

On Saturday there is a classic rock double header at The Victoria when Stat-X and Black Rose both revel in the genres back catalogue and pluck well loved icons and forgotten gems from the realms of the music once described as the “myth of rock as art-that-stands-the-test-of-time”..or put another way, a damned good night out.

And if you want a change from all the classic rock covers how about some hard rock originals? Saints of Sin (pictured) can be found at The Queen’s Tap, a band revelling in the 80’s glam metal and classic rock zenith, expect big beats, big riffs and big hair, rock and roll excess writ large across a live stage.

And that is everything for this week, hopefully by the next column things will be back to its usual varied and copious selection of live music, fingers crossed.