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mrcatandthejackal_arno-krugerSo, another year, another Swindon Shuffle done and dusted. I hope everybody had a great time, discovered some new bands, took in some of the new cultural diversities that were included and maybe made a new friend or two along the way. (Due to the nature of deadlines, at the time of writing this I am currently only mid festival, which feels a bit like being in some bizarre, Terry Gilliam time travel movie, but we will have to assume all went well and the space time continuum, not to mention the reputation of local music is still in tact.)

 

If you still haven’t had your fix of music, the place to be this weekend is SN1Fest Summer Ball at The Old Town Bowl for a celebration of all things dance music. Saturday is spearheaded by the twisted minimalist disco sounds of Simian Mobile Disco and just added to the line up, Dismantle, the pioneering young DJ who effortlessly blurs the lines between house, dubstep and Dutch techno. Add to that over a dozen dance acts and DJ’s and you have the perfect day of contemporary and cutting edge music. If Saturday celebrates dance as a genre, Sunday is more about dance as a concept with an eclectic mix of live bands designed to get you in the party mood, from Old Colours, 2 Sick Monkeys, British Harlem, The London Underground Orchestra and all topped off with a set from Radio 1 DJ and Indie guru, Huw Stevens.

 

Back in the regular haunts there is still a multitude of great music to be deliberated, cogitated and digested, sorry went a bit Loyd Grossman then, and it doesn’t come better than Mr Cat and The Jackal (pictured) at The Victoria tonight. An experimental acoustic folk band reveling in blues, gypsy, tango, balkan and celtic themes via the medium of handmade instruments and an amazing live show…sounds worth checking out if you ask me. Support coming from punked up celtic folksters, Missin’ Rosie just adds to your reasons for going.

 

Also on the menu tonight, at The Beehive, Andre and The J-Tones mix up original and retro classics with an R ‘n’ B and soul flavour.

 

The big show for Friday is to be found out at Riffs Bar where great music and a worthy cause go hand in hand as a host of younger acts, including The Fixed, The Eberdeens, Abbie Sims and Lucy Gray will be raising money for The Stroke Association. The Rolleston is offering up The Sitting Tenants, a brilliant power-pop, psych and soul band from the 208 Records stable and The Beehive has a young touring German rock three piece that goes under the name of Patrick McCrank.

 

The Victoria start the first of two days of elated sun-clasped dance grooves tonight with the wonderful funky dub sounds of Backbeat Sound System and support from the multi-genre mash up kings, SN Dubstation. The following night the regular Reggae Club Night is visited by the legendary DJ Amma who has virtually played for every band, radio session and live event that matters.

 

Also on Saturday, fans of rock classics should head to The Rolleston for Fly on The Wall who do a neat line in covers by the likes of The Stones, Thin Lizzy, T-Rex and Blink 182.

 

The Sunday afternoon session at The Beehive is filled by The Senile Delinquents, a brilliant little cowgirl jazz, country outfit, imagine The Dixie Chicks with a european bias and you will be halfway there. The Sun Inn has one of it’s al fresco sessions (posh for outside) which this time will feature The Costellos, a band with a ska-reggae heart but musical arms enough to embrace a whole range of other styles and genres.

 

 

As is often the case we have to fast forward to Wednesday for our final slabs of music which come in the guise of Billyjon, a romantic balladeer who seems to be these days slipping into slightly darker and edgier musical waters, at The Running Horse and Sumita Majundar’s fresh and honest piano stories at The Roaring Donkey.

Library - 136Loads to get through this week, so I’ll forego the “pointless and largely unamusing” intro (it’s so nice to get fan mail) and get straight on with this weeks recommendations.

 

Starting with some bad news, Mr Cat and The Jackal at The Victoria tonight has had to be rescheduled due to complications with travel visas; the show will now take place on 15th August. The upside of this situation is that the wonderful Pignose will be playing in the front bar instead. For those few not in the know, Pignose fuse together old school rock and roll, blues, gospel and country into some wonderfully evocative and memorable tunes, always worth catching them live.

 

The Beehive, meanwhile, has its monthly Acoustic Buzz session, this time featuring The Brwmys, Diane Johnstone and Ray Bradfield and your regular host Blind River Scare.

 

Friday is when it all the really big stuff starts happening. For biggest in terms of reputation, head for The Victoria to catch original rude boy and Specials singer Neville Staple (pictured). Support comes in the musically warped form of Flipron, a band for whom the word eclectic still isn’t really adequate. Mixing a range of unusual instruments with hyper-literate lyrics and a stand point that is as alien to modern musical conventions as you can get, make sure you arrive early enough to watch their set.

 

For biggest in the terms of noise, then The Furnace is the place to be for a hardcore-metal explosion of talent. Headliners, Burials, mix brutal deliveries of power and melody with bleak atmospherics and dynamic interludes. Support comes from local melodic-metalcore wunderkinds The Dead Lay Waiting, a band recently immortalised in their own comic book, plus The Cold Harbour and Wreckoning.

 

At Riffs Bar, Welsh trio, Godsticks will be bringing something a little bit different to a region dominated by indie and metal. Working within the broad prog genre and appealing to the fans of Oceansize and Porcupine Tree, they deliver well structured and mature music, filled with generic twists and stylistic turns that often defy easy pigeon-holing.

 

The NewQuay Times, although sounding like a local paper that surfers use to check the weather reports are actually a band who have been likened to The Pretenders, Blondie and more interestingly in my book anyway, Lone Justice…be at The Beehive for that one.

 

Bit of a Pink Floyd overload this weekend as The Rolleston on Friday has that strange hybrid, The Floydian Doors and The Victoria has Just Floyd on Saturday, not sure if that is good planning, bad planning or the start of some sort of Dave Gilmore cult bid for world domination. I know I give tributes a hard time but if it’s your thing then watch for upcoming bookings of The Morrissey Dancers, especially if you the idea of Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now performed in traditional English folk style complete with bottle tops on sticks and white handkerchiefs. Also look out for The Welsh Scottish Sex Pistols featuring Dai McHoots, who once played a gig to minus one people (no one turned up so their bassist went home in a huff) and who have just released their debut album, Never Mind The Haggis, Boyo, It’s The Welsh Scottish Sex Pistols.

 

On the upside, Damn The Torpedoes at The Rolleston on Saturday do a damn fine version of the undisputed kings of American Rock, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. By contrast and possibly having the byline Chaos at The Castle, the slightly controlled skiffle madness of Ode and The Be-bops and the out and out chaos that is The Hamsters from Hell will be raising money for the Prospect Hospice.

 

Sunday gets all rootsy on us, firstly with the sound of Chicago rhythm and blues from Built For Comfort at The Beehive in the afternoon and in the evening the choice of stomping traditional Celtic and American folk from Grubby Jack at The Rolleston, or a trip up the Art Centre for Paul Lamb and Chad Strentz and some award winning soulful blues. And just staying with the Arts Centre, Tuesday sees a visit from occasional Waterboys player, Sharon Shannon for some accordion driven Cajun, reggae and Celtic folk blends.

 

And finally to Wednesday and no space left but to say The Running Horse Sessions brings you singer songwriters Jimmy Moore and DJ Harman.