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SugarDaddies Blues Party

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Very much at home in the snug charm of the Somerville arms, the Blues Party sits comfortably between a classy blues gig and a flexible session.


To get started, the house band, Adrian, Stephen and Richard, collectively covering bass, guitar, harmonica and keys, offer up bold, stylish treatments of blues classics such as It should have been me and Ice man. Then the band expands with guests, bringing contrasting styles to guitar, vocals and harmonica to material as diverse as Need your love so bad and Crazy.


What could be nicer than a fun night in a cosy pub, lively and spontaneous with a relaxed vibe and a warm welcome to guest players?

 SugarDaddies     Somerville Arms    

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MY BRIEF VISIT TO THE LEAMINGTON PEACE FESTIVAL 2018

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For this years festival it was the early shift for me from just after 11am (for the first band) until around 2.30pm on the Saturday catching 6 performances and I must admit the standard was pretty high.
Opening the Riverside Stage with one of the best sets I have seen at the festival were Leam/Cov rockers Mara Falls and with their spirited mix of indie sounds and at times Muse like prog rock with plenty of light and shade and atmosphere they went down a storm to the early attendees.
In contrast next up a couple of wonderful vocal performances by The Mission Choir followed by over on the Bandstand stage (no bandstand this year though) the laid-back exquisite folky voice and guitar picking of Rowan Godel.
Back to the main stage for one of our very own, Leamington based Man Made Moon who's easy going style reminded me at times of The Travelling Wilbury's then a quick dash back to the bandstand for a fun set by Warren And The Magpies giving a blue grass feel to many a pop/rock classic.
A class act to finish my visit this year with a stylish set by Kate And The Mooncats (missing Kate as she was at a different festival booked before this one) but her replacement, local singer Claire Glasbey did a fantastic job and the likes of ‘Moondance' and ‘Dream A Little Dream of Me' brought a relaxed and chilled out vibe to the festival.
Great stuff as usual this year and sure I missed a few crackers later.

Andrew Lock

**** "ROCK AND ROLL DREAMS COME TRUE - THE LIVE MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHY OF ANDREW LOCK 2008-2018" PHOTO EXHIBITION AND SALE - THE OAK HOUSE SPORTS AND SOCIAL CLUB, LEAMINGTON SPA WEDNESDAY 17TH OCTOBER 2018 7-10-30PM, ALL PROCEEDS GOING TO ZOE'S PLACE BABY HOSPICE AND THE CINNAMON TRUST***

 Mara Falls      THE MISSION CHOIR      ROWAN GODEL      Man Made Moon      Kate and the Mooncats      Warren and The Magpies    

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Elizabeth Cornish and Beth Dyson at The Tool Shed Cafe

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Elizabeth Cornish at the Tool Shed.

 

What do you do if you take over an ailing, out of the way cafe, with no street presence, but placed in the beautiful Caldecote Park in Rugby? If you are an enterprising pair like Emma and Eilis, you revitalise the menu to include a wide range of drinks, home made fresh cakes and more, then you set about creating your own regular custom by making it a scene for events. Having been in charge for about twelve months, the "Tool Shed" cafe (I can remember when it was just that by the way), now boasts a film club, hosts story telling sessions and relevant to this piece, is now a music venue. Regular concerts are held on the first Sunday of the month throughout the year. It says much for the regard in which the place is held that they can attract artists of the stature of Elizabeth Cornish. Some members of the audience had travelled some distance to attend this rare midlands gig.

 

Originally from Leicester, but now living in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, an entry point into the Black Forest, Elisabeth Cornish is a singer/songwriter, whose style is just right for a laid back Sunday afternoon in the park. This was the setting for ante-penultimate UK date in her tour to promote her latest album, "Where we were then."

 

This softly spoken young lady granted the audience at The Tool Shed Cafe in Rugby a set which included many of the tracks off the home produced album. She is delighted with and justly proud of the final product. The album contains some love songs, including one about her Grandfather going off to war. "English Rogue" is not a love song in the conventional sense, but the emotional connection is emphatic and raw.

 

All her songs are crafted from well observed and heartfelt understanding of things that happen around her. The titles range from enigmatic single words such as "Light," "Blueprint, "Tired," and "Home" to the more explicit "For The One That I Love" (which she sang at her own wedding) and "We're Not Perfect." Each song stands in it's own right and has it's own story which is explained perfectly to a listening audience. Halfway through the recording of the album, disaster struck, when an accident at home resulted in a broken hand. This is a strange co-incidence as she is the third artist I have heard about who has suffered a similar injury this year. Luckily playing guitar is perfect physiotherapy to help recovery. The whole set was delightful and perfect for a Sunday afternoon in the park.

 

Supporting Elizabeth was Beth Dyson, who accompanied by Rugby Guitarist, Joanna Litten, ran through a number covers of well known songs. I had seen Beth once before, early in the new year when sadly technical issues truncated her set to a mere three songs, but I heard enough to recognise a quality voice. This time we were treated to a performance of a more conventional length. "Sweet Home Alabama" was the lively introduction to a set that included contributions from Amy Whitehouse, The Zutons and The Killers. By the time Beth had reached her third song, she had settled nicely and Bryan Adams' "Summer of '69" was at it's rhythmic best with an outstanding accompaniment from Joanna.  We then visited Nashville for Dolly Parton's "Jolene" displaying the fact that Beth is happy with many different styles of music and her voice carries each one with panache. Her closing number was Jessie J's "It's Not About The Money." which was just as well because the gig was free entry. Beth, who so nearly gave up singing a year ago, (I'm so glad she didn't) has written some of her own songs but has yet to perform any of them in public. I hope that will be rectified within the next ten days or so. Watch this space.

 

It was a lively and thoroughly enjoyable gig with performances from both women which were both uplifting and thought provoking. The next gig at the Tool Shed Cafe is on 1st July when the headliners are "Wax Myrtles Special Structure" A female trio from Rugby who like to have "a bit of a sing and a play"  They are to be supported by Sean McAusland a keyboard/accordion player with a couple of local bands, it sounds likely to be a good event to attend. Like all gigs at the Tool Shed, is it free entry.

 Elizabeth Cornish      Beth Dyson     The Tool Shed Cafe    

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"Alternative Sounds" at Coventry Pride 2018 at the CET Popup

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In its relatively short lifetime, the former "Coventry Evening Telegraph" building has become a superb & iconic venue with a tremendous momentum over the past months as the local community grew to recognise its power & potential. It has provided space for artwork for a wide range of artists who might not have their work displayed in more mainstream spaces: students, amateurs, the experimental, the transgressive and even world renowned figures such as John Yeadon whose work raises questions that the mainstream struggles to respond to.

In terms of music, the many weird & wonderful spaces have seen performances & gatherings from people like Synthcurious & the Leamington Home Made Music Society, creating incredible blends of sound & vision within the decaying post industrial environment. ATTRITION have been spotted several times in recent weeks shooting stills & video while access is still possible.

As part of the inclusive & imagination vision of the team, on Saturday the 9th June, the building hosted not only elements of Coventry Pride 2018, but as part of that, an event by the "Alternative Sounds" project. Project artists Crokodile Tears, Keith Fabrique & Huffy plus project supporter Dave Kafka (of the Smashed Vinyls) played sets, the writer of this piece introduced them and spoke about the project and tracks from the "Alternative Sounds" records (plus a few unreleased treats) were played.

Among the many great songs played were several from the "Alternative Sounds" records: Crokodile Tears played "Trains" and "Chinese Whispers", Keith played "Inside Looking Out" and Huffy played "Don't Speak Out". Among old favourites and a few covers, Keith showcased his new album (launched next Saturday at the Humber) "Talk on the Radio", Huffy debuted a brand new song "Airwaves" and Crokodile Tears treated us to several tracks from their upcoming (September) release 'Old Skool'

It was good also to see several other "Alternative Sounds" artists giving their support: Ashley Spindler of Prole Position, Nigel Meffen of Skeet and Martin & Kerri Bowes of ATTRITION.

Videos of some of the performances are at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dpRXetF1Hw&list=PLKKYt03T-cPBAfoRwlNmUaMBSf8QbWqH3&index=98

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0TFrnZ6sMQ&list=PLKKYt03T-cPBAfoRwlNmUaMBSf8QbWqH3&index=99

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cq0mR5Zd20s&index=100&list=PLKKYt03T-cPBAfoRwlNmUaMBSf8QbWqH3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM2zSAZz9pI&list=PLKKYt03T-cPBAfoRwlNmUaMBSf8QbWqH3&index=101

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ot3CGmCfCcc&list=PLKKYt03T-cPBAfoRwlNmUaMBSf8QbWqH3&index=102

Many thanks to Alan Denyer, Clare Allington-Dixon & Christopher Sidwell as well as everyone else at the CET Popup, who played & who came along for making this work so well

Hopefully the setup at the CET Building will be able to set up again on a more long term basis at the "Elephant" former sports centre which would be great: the potential for providing a centre for grassroots, creative, experimental and downright alternative arts & music is enormous and can really help foster local talent.

Catch Crokodile Tears at The Tin on 2018-06-24  
Web    Social media     Crokodile Tears      Keith Fabrique      Huffy Acoustic Punk      The Smashed Vinyls     The CET Building    

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Joe Dolman - All Saints Church, Leamington Spa

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A Fat Penguin Management promotion ...

For the uninitiated, Joe Dolman is a 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Leamington Spa.

With 2 independently released EP's under his belt landing him top 10 in the UK and US iTunes charts, Dolman has been growing from strength to strength with each show he plays, picking up BBC Radio1 plays from the likes of Huw Stephens, airplay on BBC Introducing and with his most recent single "Something Beautiful" play-listed by Apple Music and Spotify.

Hot off the back of appearing at BBC's Biggest Weekend and at Dot to Dot Festival, Joe is playing his biggest headline show to date in his home town of Leamington, promoted by Infinity Music Group. On the 23rd June, All Saints Church will play host to Joe, featuring an 8-piece band including strings and a stage and light show to match. Support will also be provided by the fantastic Hannah Woof and Speak, Brother.

Tickets for this next headline show are almost sold out 3 weeks before the event.

"There's a sense of unforced innocence to his work" - Clash Magazine

"The show he puts on is phenomenal" - BBC Radio 1

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 Joe Dolman      Hannah Woof      Speak, Brother     All Saints Church    

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NAPTON FESTIVAL 2018 (6th & 7th July ) - A PREVIEW

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Getting close to that time of the year again when the beautiful village of Napton puts on its wonderful annual music festival in the grounds of the village Hall which both showcases local musical talent and features visiting bands/performers from all over the country (and in the case of the returning singer/songwriter Michael Eb as far as Germany) while also raising funds for many good causes.
This year the fun takes place over the weekend of Friday 6th and Saturday 7th of July.
As always something for everybody on the bill again this year with as usual a top draw tribute band taking the headline slot on Saturday and this year that spot goes to renowned Oasis tribute band Oas-is so we are likely to be rocking the night away to the likes of ‘Roll With It', 'Rock N' Roll Star' and ‘Supersonic'.
Also confirmed for the main stage this year the eclectic and fun sounds of Chaos (well received last year) and the smooth, chilled vibes of Kate And The Mooncats.

Returning from 2017 are HunkyDavy with their take on the David Bowie songbook and the girl with the golden voice Matilda Pratt a festival regular is sure to amaze everyone yet again.
A couple of bands on this years bill are made to measure for me (and all of you fellow rockers out there) the rocking rhythms of the mighty AC/DC hitting the Napton stage curtesy of dirtyjACkDC and a set of space rock mixing originals with classics from the genre by Visitation.
The Younger attendees look well catered for with the more modern rocking sounds of Klasside, Maxwell Avenue and Free Galaxy.
Returning again this year is the indoor Hall Stage where the acoustic music will include a solo set by Joe Ash who has graced the festivals main stage a couple of times with her band Derecho, Richard Jag Sebastian and a couple of acts moving from festival appearances on the main stage last year to perform in the hall acoustic style namely Bob Phillips & Frank Richards (on stage last year with the Dylan Rhythm Band and indie style rockers The Rushmore.
All the usual festival amenities will be in place as usual including great value food and drink, plenty to keep the kids occupied and numerous stalls, so hopefully the weather will be kind and we can enjoy one of the best, and certainly friendliest local festivals once again and also tickets are an absolute bargain.

For the latest Napton Festival info timings, camping etc keep an eye on the festival web site
https://www.naptonfestival.co.uk/index.php


The photos above are a few of my unpublished shots of bands/artists performing this year.

**** "ROCK AND ROLL DREAMS COME TRUE - THE LIVE MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHY OF ANDREW LOCK 2008-2018" PHOTO EXHIBITION - THE OAK HOUSE SPORTS AND SOCIAL CLUB, LEAMINGTON SPA WEDNESDAY 17TH OCTOBER 2018 - 7-10-30PM****

Andrew Lock

Catch Oas-Is at The Assembly on 2019-04-12  
 Oas-Is      Chaos      Kate and the Mooncats      The Shady Bunch      HunkyDavy      Synthmachine      Singe      AC/DC tribute: DirtyjACkDC      Visitation      The Rushmore     Napton Village Hall    

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THE STONES ROCK THE RICOH WITH ‘SPECIAL' GUESTS

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A bucket list gig this one for me being a Stones fan of many years standing but having never seen them on stage.
What an absolute blinding decision to have much loved Coventry stars The Specials as support and hats off to who made the call and of course they went down a storm and even I felt a chill down my spine as the ska with attitude anthem ‘Gangsters' kicked in to gear.
'A Message To You Rudy' had the crowd dancing to the cool reggae rhythm and I loved the energy of both ‘Rat Race' and my personal favourite their magnificent cover of ‘Monkey Man'.
They closed with one of their biggest hits ‘Too Much Too Young' to a fantastic reception and I quite understand why they left the classic Ghost Town out of the set and as it would possibly not fit in with the feeling of celebration present in the air at this major Coventry musical event.
Loved seeing Terry Hall on the big screens bringing back memories of serving him cups of tea when I worked at Cov railway station in the early 80's and also great to see Horace Panter having a ball at such a big show after being so impressed by his bass work playing alongside Steve Walwyn several times over the last couple of years.
Stones time and you could feel the electricity in the stadium before they walked on stage and opened with one of their most raucous rockers ‘Street Fighting Man', and the onslaught was relentless for the next three ‘It's Only Rock 'N' Roll', ‘Tumbling Dice' and ‘Paint It Black'.
For many years I have believed that the Stones just seem to get better and better and for me this was the proof of the pudding, that wonderful distinctive swagger and groove, the amazing understanding and interaction of guitar legends Keith and Ronnie, the cool as a cucumber drum work of Mr Watts and last but by no means least Mick Jagger a snake hipped marvel with such energy and work rate, add to this an outstanding bunch of extra musicians, a well thought out stage design, a huge crystal clear back screen set up and spot on sound quality and this was just about as good as live rock and roll gets.
Back to the set list which was pretty full of greatest hits with a few possibly on the surprise side but just as welcome.
Other out and out classics included a full of groove ‘Honky Tonk Women', and pulsating rockers ‘Start Me Up', ‘Jumpin' Jack Flash' and ‘Brown Sugar' the last two even got me a complete non dancer trying a few moves (not a pretty sight !).
A special mention for the drama and spectacle of the mighty ‘Sympathy For The Devil' complete of course with plenty of woo woos from the crowd and menacing fire-red back screen patterns.
Two birthdays for the band during the their couple of days in Coventry both announced by Mick and celebrated by the audience, Ronnie's the day before the show and Charlie Watts on show day itself and he looked quite overwhelmed when he made his way from his drum kit to front of stage to be serenaded by many thousands with a rendition of Happy Birthday To You.
The main surprises in the set were of the trad blues and country kind, the former one of the standouts from the bands latest retro-blues studio album Blue and Lonesome Jimmy Reed's ‘Ride ‘Em On Down' and the latter the classic happy go lucky sound of ‘Dead Flowers' (words not so happy though) and maybe the disco/rock beat of ‘Miss You' may have been classed as a surprise as well but really got the crowd moving.
Two numbers had Mr. Richards on vocals to give Mick a much deserved rest ‘You Got The Silver' and the exuberant ‘Happy' and there was an audience vote which choose Dylan penned ‘Like A Rolling Stone' from a shortlist of numbers.
Encores and a couple of killers, first up with that iconic intro and the incredible vocals of the bands female vocalist Sasha a storming ‘Gimme Shelter' and what else to close (there can be only one) but a total celebration with ‘(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction'.
An incredible show never not to be forgotten.

Andrew Lock

 The Rolling Stones      The Specials     The Ricoh Arena    

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"Swipe Right with Deathsex Bloodbath"

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With my involvement in the "Alternative Sounds" project, quite a few of my pieces tend to reflect that side of music: the artists of quality but not necessarily high level public profile. Some of these are in that category currently because their heyday was some time ago & they never hit the commercial big time. Some are just starting what we hope will become successful careers. However, another  joy of the project is working with more esoteric & difficult to categorise bands. Some are paradoxes: I think of bands from Coventry & Warwickshire who have very significant international fanbases but are less well known in their home area: bands like ATTRITION or the Jack O'Bones.

Others, like Deathsex Bloodbath inhabit strange and truly alternative genres & sub-cultures, without even clear labels (which to me is a huge positive, though other sections of the music media can get quite upset & confused without the safety net of labels). On the video offering a taster for their new record "Swipe Right with Deathsex Bloodbath" (due out on June 16th) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FX8RpP-Bca0&feature=youtu.be) they describe themselves as the "legendary queercore punk glam weird band" and who am I to disagree?

 

In fact, they are part (if they are part of anything) a sort of transgressive underground scene with a few other members, but operating at a national rather than local level: along with bands such as Anarchistwood for example. Hence the songs feature "taboo" subjects and no doubt the lyrics might offend your average "Daily Mail" reader: but that doesn't worry me nor do I suspect the band worry over it. "Shocking" people is no bad thing if it makes them think & helps them engage with your music & breaking taboos of course makes for a healthier body politic.

Their precedents are fairly clearly punk & glam rock to some extent (see above) but not just the camp aesthetic of much of that music but also the darker themes of Lou Reed & Bowie. I also hear links to the work of the Sadista Sisters: an equally cult & decadent band.

I'd urge you to catch a live Deathsex Bloodbath show: the music may be great but it means so much more within the context of their extraordinarily theatrical live act: one opportunity might be at the launch for this record on 16th June at the YARD in Coventry with support by Kermes. Certainly if you liked bands such as Deaf School or the Tubes, expect similar only more.

So what about the EP itself? Created by Justin Appropriate (guitar, gang vocals, claps, foley editing),  Masokiss  (bass, gang vocals, claps), Sadogasm (vocals, guitar, keyboards, gang vocals, claps), Sororicide  (drums, percussion, gang vocals, claps) and Switchblade  (vocals, gang vocals, claps) some of whom you may have seen as members of other well known local bands, it was recorded at the Moonbase, with additional recording at Big Al's Telephone Exchange. The record has five new originals, four of which have already entered their set. "Tinder is the Night" grabbed me by the body parts mentioned so often by the band: outrageously catchy: the sort of song that T Rex might have recorded only to have banned by the BBC. The participants are enjoying a fine romance with no kisses but boy do they make up for it with other interactions. There is even a Richard Dadd reference in there. You'd have to have the sense of humour of a Brexiteer not to enjoy that one. "Drag King" reminded me more of the Au Pairs (another complement in my book) and I appreciated their updating of some of the themes of that fine band (playing with different sex indeed) If Kurt & Courtney had ever moved to Coventry then they might have written a song like "Rehabilitate Me". This & "Do Better" blur the roles of the two singers in interesting ways: instead of two individuals talking to each other, is it a couple sharing one idea? One partner alternately agreeing with or confronting the other? Perspectives shift unnervingly in this weird world. Accusation, recrimination, resolution. The most punk song "Let's Fuck" doesn't mince its words nor message: it puts across its manifesto much as Jayne County did & probably will go down as well as she did on mainstream media. Me? I liked the message & the sentiment.

This band may struggle to get invited onto the poptastic BBC Big Weekend (though it would inject a certain something if they were), but they are on the "Alternative Sounds" radar & it's great that DJ FestiPaul (Paul Sanders) on HillzFM has them on his too. If you like the space where artschool sensibility hits the streets with a camp swagger and a knowing leer, then this music is for you.

Web    Social media     Deathsex Bloodbath    

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