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You know things are going well when over the course of one long weekend  you have the options of watching feisty female rock from Minneapolis, a Celtic rock guitar legend, sublime shoe gazers from along the M4 corridor, chilled out, cinematic folk or harmonious indie soundscapers. Well, I only managed to catch two of those shows but which ever you look at it, if the music scene were going for a medical, you would have to declare it in the rudest of health. And this week is set to continue along the same lines.

There is trouble brewing at The Rolleston tonight as Rumour Shed goes musically head to head with Dave Corrigan in the acoustic grudge match of the year. Weapons will include deep and meaningful lyrics, luscious vocals, joyous and lilting songs, tweed and possibly sandals. Beards are preferred but not essential.

Stiff competition for the folk/roots audience comes from itinerant troubadour Jez Hellard who brings his Djukella Orchestra to the Beehive for a night of folk and funk, rumba, reels and reggae, jigs and gypsy jazz. Rock fans will find their spiritual home for the night at The Victoria with Simon Townsend (baby brother of the legendary Pete) but make sure you get there early enough to catch sublime support act Kola, a wonderful blend of Heartbreaker era Ryan Adams and The Waterboys chilling out.

Staying at The Victoria, Friday sees genres and creative boundaries thrown aside as the madness that is Flipron grace the stage. This bohemian pop collective manage to fall somewhere between The Bad Seeds playing Disney tunes and Charles Dickens CD collection (the fact that this is obviously an impossible scenario says a lot about the band.) Swindon’s own folk-pop-ska mavericks, the Costello’s, will be kicking the night off.

Thanks to a flying visit by their errant and trans-continental drummer, The Dacoits, have a few gigs lined up and you can catch their dark, poetic garage rock at The Beehive. Support comes in the shape of an equally rare outing for alt-country punks, Black Sheep Apprentice.

The Furnace also fires up for the first of three gigs this weekend. Red Seas Fire is a brilliantly executed weave of melodic metal, progressive structures, power and passion. They are joined by Burials, Chronographs and the symphonic-laced hardcore sounds of The Cold Harbour.

Saturday sees The 12 Bar get in on the act with a host of young indie bands spearheaded by the aptly named Young Blood. Having formed from the remains of Napoleon In Rags, they seem to have adopted a less modish, more fired up and contemporary fuel for their indie vehicle; you will not be disappointed. Add to that support slots from The Fixed, Retrospecs, Last Nights Victory and Luna Machine and you have the makings of a fine night.

If ska-punk floats your boat, one of the finest exponents of it, Slagerij, will be creating musical havoc at The Victoria. They are joined by West Coast (Clevedon, North Somerset to be exact) skate punks Mr Zippy and Bristol’s The Richardson Maneuver. In terms of energy, stage presence and song crafting, this gig, to quote the infamous Nigel Tufnell, goes up to eleven.

It’s all a bit full on down at The Furnace as post-hardcore crew When Words Fail headline their last UK gig for a while in aid of Louise Hunt and her Paralympic bid. They are joined (after more chopping and changing than a choppy changey thing!) by the euphoric sounds of This Fall; Eastbourne’s post-punks, Hold the Fight and the pop punk of Days on Juno.

All the way from Italy to The Rolleston, The Beatholes cleverly re-invent The Beatles for a punk and rock audience. If you have ever imagined what Eleanor Rigby would sound like given the Iron Maiden treatment or mused over Motorhead’s take on Get Back, then this is the place to be.

Sunday’s big noise comes in the shape of Carridale leading a slew of great pop-punk bands at The Furnace. Hot Damn, Sell Your Sky and Tides of Change also feature.

Final mention of the week goes to my favourite new band of the moment, SkyBurnsRed (pictured top)who play The Victoria on Wednesday. Kicking alt-rock underpinned by intricate grooves and sweeping eastern violin vibes…what’s not to like? They are joined by the funked and punked creations of The Me!Me!Me’s? and in a last minute change to the line up, the effervescent and ubiquitous Nudy Bronque.

What’s on at The ‘Hive

Music tonight, Thursday, from the Courtney Yasmineh Band. Courtney Yasmineh is a recording artist and songwriter who’s sultry voice is distinctly recognizable for its emotion and intelligence. Her songs speak of love and redemption, with an entertaining does of flirty cleverness. She is part troubadour, part seductress who attributes her songwriting style to Bob Dylan and her personal style to iconic rock chick bands like Blondie. Yasmineh (yes-ME-nay) with her electric guitar and her alt rock backing band have toured Europe and the US extensively in support of enthusiastic indie radio play. Adored by her fans and respected by music critics, her four full length studio albums span a ten year career with her latest album released in 2012. http://www.courtneyyasmineh.com/
 
We won’t be having music on Sunday afternoon, as there’s a little football game at Wembley. I’m polishing the valves on the Beehive wireless so you’ll be able to listen to live coverage. On Sunday evening we’ve got The Soul Box DJ playing soul, motown, ska, reggae etc.
 
On Monday, The Mess Session, an unamplified folk oriented jam session in the bottom bar.
Also on Monday, the weekly poker tournament.
 
Next Thursday, we’ve got The Djukella Orchestra. A singer of potent songs, stunning harmonica player, guitarist and producer, Jez Hellard thrives on music of all stripes. His band, The Djukella Orchestra, play traditional and contemporary folk music, from jigs and reels to tango, rhumba, funk and reggae. From original and traditional songs to rare gems from some of the world’s greatest, if lesser known song-writers; often fellow troubadors who Jez has met in many years on the road. http://www.jezhellard.com/htdocs/
 
On Friday March 30th, The Dacoits. “The Dacoits are understandably one of our absolute favourite bands. The debut album is a complete triumph, dark and gritty, with enough room for some tranquility and inspiration. The production is luscious, clearly The Dacoits have invested a lot of love here. Seeing them live is a joy. This band are all powerful, and we love them.” BBC INTRODUCING www.thedacoits.co.uk/
 
And on Sunday 1st April, Bob Bowles.  Bob started playing guitar at the age of 10. When he was a teenager Bob jammed with Andy Partridge of XTC and Chip Bailey of Duke Special in a small music shop in his home town.He has recorded and worked with some great musicians including Chip Bailey, Jamie Cullum and the late Kev Wilkinson (of Squeeze and Howard Jones). Bob wrote all the songs for his first CD, Better Late Than Never, which was released independently in 2003. http://www.myspace.com/bobbowles