23915811_1391658700943276_7420597230954476500_nWe live in polarising times, the world seems a very divided place, walls are replacing bridges and there seems to be an increasingly entrenched view of creed and culture moving across the world. Thankfully music has always had the ability to cross borders, whether real or metaphorical, to cross-pollinate with existing forms and to evolve into new ones. Tonight you will find two acts that are the perfect example of this global village creativity.

Firstly at The Victoria tonight you will find local stalwarts Mr Love and Justice who have a wonderful way of weaving timeless folk music and regional narratives together with a more acid laced 60’s pop vibe. Songs of love and Haight in a musical landscape  that stretches from West Kennett to the West Coast of California.

Also making the world a smaller place are Damon T and Mark Cole who hail from either side of the Atlantic and will be found at The Beehive playing blues infused roots and Americana.

Blues is also on the cards at The Queen’s Tap on Friday as Built For Comfort, a long standing fixture on the local and regional circuit, lay out a stall of slick and vibrant, hard rocking rhythm and blues. And in the “if you like that, you will like this” department, The Scott Gordon Band at The Beehive mix up raggle taggle, Old World folk with downhome New World country blues, toe-tapping, groovesome and back to basics, just the way bar music used to be.

That roots vibe that seems to be in the air on Friday takes a turn towards a more retro-rockabilly sound with The Strays at The Grooves Company Inn. Taking their pointers from revival bands such as The Stray Cats, this band is quiffed-up, punked-up, inked-up and full of swagger and attitude, just the way our lord Eddie Cochran intended it!
And talking of punked-up, at The Victoria, you will find a tribute to all things punk and new wave courtesy of Rotten Aces, a band from the same people who brought you The Killertones and One Chord Wonders.

The award for the strangest gig of the week goes to “FluFest” at The Castle, a collection of leftfield, mercurial, non-conformist and downright strange musicians making, well, leftfield, mercurial, non-conformist and downright strange music. Sex Jazz head the creative charge, a trio who lay down thunderous grooves, squalling guitars and tsunami backbeats, have more than a touch of Zappa about them and seem unduly fixated on the insect world.

Flour Babies aim more for meandering Talking Head-esque post-punk and adding a touch of normality to the night is Canute’s Plastic Army a blend of soaring blues and intricate dark folkiness. Opening the night is Grasslands, a one man soundscaper who wanders between found sound samples and eclectic electronica, and folky acoustica and peppers the whole thing with environmental tidbits. Who knows what form he will take for this gig!

Fans of tributes can catch iconic music being kept alive on Saturday with The Sex Pistols Experience at The Groves Company Inn and Whole Lotta DC at The Victoria respectively, not prizes for guessing what either of those bands are about. If something with a classic rock sound but ploughing an original furrow is more to your tastes then Jenny Darren at The Ladykillers at The Queen’s Tap is probably what you need to be heading for.

Black Max and The Pirates play rock, ska and punk covers with a few of their originals at The Ferndale Club and Make The Call, the cover set side line of alt-rockers Orchard Hill, can be found at The Swiss Chalet.

Other cross-genre, crowd pleasing, pre-loved music offerings come from The Shambles who wander more acoustic pathways at The Brookhouse Farm, The Meccano Men at Coleview Community Centre who select their favourite songs from across the eras and Damm who lay out the usual stall of fun and frivolity at The Crown.

If you are looking for a nice slice of acoustic music to put the weekend to bed then Aidan Moore will be playing everything from James Brown to Jessie J at The Tawny Owl.