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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:49 am 
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The East Pointers - roots music from the incredibly musically fertile Prince Edward island in Canada - at St Lawrence's Church in Biddulph.
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Next, it's John Hiatt on Monday and the Reverend Horton Heat on Thursday - both in London.

..oh and Martha Reeves in Brixton Wednesday. I'm watching the footy on Tuesday...

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:38 am 
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Triple-header in that there London:

John Hiatt and the Goners (featuring Sonny Landreth) at Under the Bridge - which is literally underneath one of Chelsea's stands. Nice small venue with good sight lines.
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Then it was Martha Reeves and the Vandellas in Brixton's Blues Kitchen - a chain of southern inspired diners. This one has a long, narrow venue with crap lighting upstairs and that's where the 77 year old Martha Reeves and her sisters Lois and Delphine absolutely took the roof off. I've still got "Jimmy Mack" in my head now...
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And finally it was the Reverend Horton Heat at the O2 Academy Islington, a purpose built venue (black and lots of concrete and soulless). Seen him three times and this was the best, with the addition of a keyboard player and a fantastic drummer that gave the songs a whole new impetus.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:33 pm 
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..and then I went to Paris to see Eels at the Olympia Theatre. Security told me to hand my camera in, so I played the stupid Englishman and said I'd take it back to the hotel. Went round the corner, stuck it down my pants, waited ten minutes and went back in again. (I wasn't the only person in there with a camera - there were several. A guy next to me had a bridge camera with a long zoom on it. I guess I was just unlucky)
Anyway - excellent gig. The thing that I like about Eels is that Mark Oliver Everett always reinvents the band musically. This was a rockier Eels than the last couple of times out and the set list reflected this. Two Prince covers (He's always been an influence on Mr Everett, right back to his first privately released album) and an encore medley which included Brian Wilson's "Love and Mercy", mixed with highlights from the new album and the old favourites re-arranged made up the set. Loved the Olympia as a venue - very similar in many ways to the Brixton Academy with its sloping floor, although the Olympia's floor was sprung, which was a very strange feeling when the audience started getting excited.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:32 am 
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Next up I was on photo duty for Biddulph Up In Arms for the Ian McNabb gig. Two and a half hours - excellent value for money for a packed and receptive town hall.

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Next it's not a gig, but it's the Pete McKee exhibition on Monday afternoon. After that it's Emily Maguire in Biddulph on Wednesday.

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Emily Maguire at Biddulph Town Hall - sensitive singer-songwriter who pulled in a surprisingly large crowd (I'd not heard of her).

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:07 pm 
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Coming up...

July and August:
The Jake Leg Jug Band - Biddulph
Kelly Willis - Nottingham and Bury
Eilen Jewell - Biddulph
Cambridge Folk Festival
Sam Outlaw - Sheffield
Richard Thompson - Gawsworth
Gilbert O'Sullivan - Buxton
John Grant - Birmingham
North Shropshire Cajun & Zydeco Festival
Courtney Marie Andrews - Nottingham
September:
Joshua Hedley - London
Americana Fest - Nashville USA
Chuck Prophet & Stephanie Finch - Sheffield
October:
Kylie - Manchester
Jilted John - Wolverhampton
From the Jam - Keele
Kacey Musgraves - Amsterdam & Manchester
November:
Take Root festival - Groningen Netherlands
Robbie Fulks - Glasgow
MC50 -Manchester
Americana in a Day festival - Shrewsbury
Dan Stuart - Nottingham
Brothers Osbourne - Manchester
December:
Courtney Marie Andrews - Birmingham

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:38 pm 
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Slighty more than:

July

Sin Dogs Stoke

October

Bennet Wilson Poole Stoke

Best get some more booked!


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 12:32 pm 
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Poppy Dog wrote:
Slighty more than:

July

Sin Dogs Stoke

October

Bennet Wilson Poole Stoke

Best get some more booked!


I haven't included all the Biddulph ones, but I'll be at Bennett Wilson Poole too.

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Charity gig in Biddulph - The Jake Leg Jug band (who I occasionally dep for on rubboard and vocals)

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Kelly Willis at the Maze in Nottingham: I've been waiting ages for her to come over from Austin with her band, since the days of CMT on Sky. She didn't disappoint. Greater singer/writer and interpreter of the songs of others with a fantastic band - special mention to Geoff Queen on guitar and pedal steel.
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Kelly Willis again at Bury Met - pretty lethargic audience, but the steaming hot weather and lack of air conditioning definitely played a part.
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Sunday 29th July - Sin Dogs @ Eleven Stoke on Trent

Go see them if you get the chance - Zal Cleminson goes his own way and it's wonderful - one SAHB track thrown in the mix itself a reinterpretation rather than a 'cover' - a 90 minute set passed in the blink of an eye - next time he plays Glasgow I'm on the train.



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Cambridge Folk Festival - where do I start? Probably the best festival I've attended in terms of consistency of line-up and weather. Somewhat over-crowded, but you can't have everything.
Surprise of the festival - Marlon Williams - Antipodean crooner with shades of RH and the Triffids. Bonus points for duetting with Klara Soderberg of First Aid Kit.
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Best living legend? There were several -Peggy Seeger, John Prine, Janis Ian (what a woman!) and the goddess that is Patti Smith.
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And huge honorable mentions to Kate Rusby, Eliza Carthy, Irish Mythen, First Aid Kit, Vera Van Heeringen...I could go on.

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Oops - missed out Eilen Jewell at Biddulph Town hall - absolutely heaving - Poppy Dog got a good seat though. LOUD!
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Gilbert O'Sullivan at Buxton Opera House - in his 70s, but sprightly of mind and he still has the same head of hair! A fun show and his newer songs sound decent too. I'd forgotten how many hits he had.

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