October 27, 2013 by Robb Powell
RIP Lou Reed. As I was writing this post I found out the sad news about Lou’s passing. There’s loads of his music that has inspired me over the years and this track from The Killers he featured on, I thought was fantastic.
Oxjam Northampton got off to a rather amazing start with my gig at The Picturedrome raising £1035 for Oxfam. It was an absolutely cracking night of live music. I could not have asked for more. I am surprised I didn’t get more stressed about it all to be honest. I’m more of a relaxed and laid back kind of person and that’s the approach I try to take with things. Admittedly, I was knackered come the end of the night as the final few weeks involved so much work with the whole promotional side of things but it certainly paid off and was well worth it. I’m not going to review the evening musically because that would be just a little too incestuous. As the event organizer I was darting about all over the show too so although I heard and saw pretty much most sets from all the bands I did miss some stuff. They were all amazing though and I received lots of positive comments in how great the musicians and bands were. More than 200 people made it through the door at one point or another and with the total raised I am just relieved it all went so well considering it was the first event I’ve ever organized. The one big worry with something like this is just that no one will show up or not many. On the contrary, plenty of people did and I’m hugely grateful to everyone who helped make it a success. I have thanked them all loads already but will do so again. To Will Rogers, Party In Paris, Puppet Rebellion and The Scholars – my sincerest thanks to you all. Particular note for Will too, who was up on the stage all on his own compared with the bands having all their members with them and he did an outstanding job opening the night. Indeed, it was brilliant to meet them all as well. Particularly The Scholars with whom I’ve been in contact for quite some time now. Also a special thanks to Vimal Shah for being on the door all evening to assist with admissions. Thanks to EVERYONE basically. I will stop there as it seems to be turning into one of those overlong award acceptance speeches and I ain’t no Gwyneth Paltrow! You can see some marvellous pictures taken on the night >>here<<.
Then there was the acoustic night at The Penny Whistle which included sets from some talented local artists. Of particular note and who really wowed me were Ian Bourne who delivers some awesomely amusing tunes and I really loved his Gretchen Peters cover too. The Attempt shared some quality original songs as well as a few covers while Lou Bird was just sensational! The excellent Will Rogers closed the night with a stunning set, as always, in what was his second gig of that day.
POMPEII (BASTILLE COVER)
CRASHING AT MY FEET
WE FOUND LOVE (RHIANNA)
I MAKE FRIENDS
RUN THE SHOW
STILL TO COME:
OXJAM NORTHAMPTON ACOUSTIC FOLK NIGHT AT THE NORTHAMPTON LABOUR CLUB
There is of course still the acoustic folk night to go and which is going to be so special I am getting goosebumps already.
Even though there is a little less pressure on for this night, due to the venue and numbers being much smaller I will still be working equally hard to ensure it is a success.
The chief goals are of course to get people through the door and to raise as much for Oxfam from the ticket sales as possible to add to the total already raised. At £3, tickets are fabulous value especially with the level of quality of the musicians playing on the night.
In turn for the £3, attendees get such an entertaining night of live music it’s just encouraging and enticing people to get out and enjoy it.
KENNETH J NASH
Music is life and live music is intoxicating in all the right ways. A bit like pure oxygen which can give that feeling of being a little bit high. In the legal right kind of way of course.
Make sure you keep fully up to date with all the progress Kenneth J Nash is making with the recording of his next album because there are some right beauties he’s uploading continuously to his Soundcloud page. Give it a follow folks. All the layers are being added including some sublime backing vocals from Fran Taylor (above) and others. Also, while you are checking out his gorgeous music why not grab his previous album The Brewer & The Dealer which you can download from Reverbnation for just $5 (approx £3). All profits will be ploughed into the costs incurred for getting out this stunning new album. Head to this link >>here<<.
I feel like I’m being taunted by Sigur Ros this year. I think this largely because I’m not going to see them at one of their arena gigs next month. I want to so badly you wouldn’t believe but it is of course time and finances as ever that conspire against me. Following me seeing them in Wolverhampton back in March, then their phenomenal live stream at iTunes Festival (which I may have watched more than twice) they recently did a BBC 6 Music live session, which was equally outstanding. This was on the day of my Oxjam gig at The Picturedrome so I’ve only just caught up with it but WOW. In fact there was a whole week of amazing live sessions on Lauren Lavern‘s Morning Show. I get a right mood on me these days if I don’t listen to Shaun Keaveny‘s breakfast show. He is the perfect person to wake up to in the morning and prep one’s ears ready for Lauren. Crouchenders was the funniest thing ever and needs to be a regular drama (comedy) feature too please! I don’t know what I’m going to do when this data test drive is over with my provider. Get a mini personal DAB radio is what. I cannot lose 6 music now.
Before getting on to this post’s main share stuff, I must comment on how awesome the Goo Goo Dolls were on Friday night. It was great to spend some time with my cousin and enjoy such a fabulous gig. The Apollo was well rammed though.
FLIGHTS OF HELIOS: STAR//CROWS
I count myself lucky to have seen these guys perform a rather superb set at this year’s Wood Festival in May. Star//Crows marks their debut release and while it is on a ‘name your price’ deal via bandcamp you really should be parting with a couple of £s at least. It will help Flights of Helios with the task of paying for the recording of their debut album. And I want this album in my ears folks so come on, get clicking and spending just a little for some real quality ambient tunes.
This is the direction progressive music should be going. It’s like they take all the greatness of influences like Sigur Ros, just as one example and they mix it up with numerous others adding their own unique input to produce something quite profound. It’s an unbeatable live experience as you can imagine and now let’s get this album under way so I can put it on and immerse myself in a Flight of Helios for a good while longer. https://www.facebook.com/FlightsofHelios
MY LIFE OVER AND OVER: DAYDREAM
This one literally just in. From Facebook as opposed to Twitter but then that’s not unusual these days as I seem to be coming across loads on Facebook lately. My Life Over And Over is the solo project of Craig Hunt and this EP DayDream is FREE to download at present on a ‘name your price’ offer. It is great stuff to be honest and fits in well to follow the style of Flights Of Helios above. Different, but the same ambient feel to it. I do hope there’s more to come from Craig. I love how the tunes build and at times explode into some mighty good musical finery! Enjoy. https://www.facebook.com/MyLifeOverAndOver
SCHUCKS ROAD: ONE BY LAND
As you will know I am way behind with posts due to the events but these guys contacted me a while back now and I must admit I really enjoyed this collection of their sounds. Schucks Road are an Americana/folk band from New York consisting of Brandon Pfeltz and Mike Perrie.
Their sound results from an upbringing in Maryland combined with cited influences including Josh Ritter, The Avett Brothers, Mumford and Sons and Johnny Cash. Definitely one for you americana, roots and folk lovers out there and yet the quality of music here transcends beyond any strict genre labels. I feel this will be enjoyed by fans of many other genres too. Ooh, must mention the harmonies – WOW! http://www.schucksroad.com/
BLACK DOG DAY
Saw this chap at Beautiful Days Festival in August and was humbled at how humbled he was at the reaction he got from a very large Big Top crowd. It was well deserved though because he is quality! Some very thoughtful and often political songs in his set but they never feel oppressive in the way some musicians can try imparting their own opinions upon you. Not that this is ever a bad thing to be honest. Honest, that’s the key word here. There is such a decent sense of honesty and truth to Gaz’s music it’s about time I got myself to a headline gig if he’s currently on the road. Hopefully he’ll stop by somewhere I can get to soon enough. In fact as above Gaz is out on the road. Not sure he’s anywhere for me to get to with how much I have on which is a damn shame but I will rectify this if I can. And if I can’t I deserve a big slap! Will be seeing you soon Gaz, even if not on this current run of dates. http://www.gazbrookfield.com/
A BIT OF TIME
Some more local talent here as I believe Peter is from Northampton (where I currently live) but lives (studies) in Birmingham (where I’m from – minus the accent thankfully). So, a double local edge then. I absolutely love this video and song, it has the lot! It’s excitable and exciting with decent punchy rock, quality guitar, excellent vocals and more.
Seen Paul a few times now over the last year, most recently in May at Wood Festival. This is the video from the second song, For You, taken from the album Smiling From The Floor Up due out early next year on Clubhouse Records. It’s going to be a cracker!
What an awesome video from Trevor Moss too. http://www.paulmccluremusic.com/
GILMORE & ROBERTS:
I can’t believe it’s been a year since I saw this remarkable duo now and a year since their third album was released. This is the official video for the latest single, Doctor James (plus a sneaky b-side) to be released from that album, The Innocent Left and which is available from iTunes >>here<<. It’s a damn shame that the Northampton date on their current tour is next Saturday when I’m down south in Eastbourne. http://www.gilmoreroberts.co.uk/
MY LYRICAL MIND:
My Lyrical Mind is an ambient folk pop act consisting of 23 year old Matthew Wood and my God is he a talented young chap! Check out this superb video for Promises and you will see just what I’m getting at.
This is the fourth single to be released and quite rightly it has been gaining widespread praise. Most certainly one to watch on my list now I’ve been able to sit and check out the brilliant music. I sincerely hope I get to see him live at some point too. http://www.mylyricalmindmusic.com/
CHECKING IN WITH…
‘TIL THE DAWN
Mesmerized when I caught a few songs from him performing in The Saloon Bar at Truck Festival back in July, it’s been far too long since I checked up on what StevieRay Latham is up to. Just so busy as you know so I’ve not been disappointed in discovering a couple of videos on his Facebook page. Here’s one for you to enjoy right here. Great stuff too that he got to support another band I first caught at Truck Festival (and then again at Beautiful Days), Brothers and Bones when they played The Haunt in Brighton. Brings back memories of when I saw Shearwater at that venue too. https://www.facebook.com/stevieraymusic
THE REIGN I’M UNDER
Yes I know I featured a live video in the last post but there’s always something new to share and this current one is a beaut! I am really rather excited about this forthcoming album.
Make sure you sign up to Andy’s mailing list for a FREE download of the below song. http://andyruddy.com/
FLOWER AND GROW
It feels like it has been an Age since hearing something from Mark but circumstances have meant he’s been away from the music for a while. He’s coming back though and in the meantime as a thanks to all his supporters he’s decided to release his forthcoming live acoustic EP Fuel for the Fire as a FREE download. https://www.facebook.com/marknicholsmusic
PAWNS OR KINGS:
Due to some issue with an Ad, YouTube deleted this video which had got over 50,000 views at the time I believe. Crazy. Anyway, those Pawns or Kings lads have uploaded it again and will hopefully get on the road to cranking up those views with a cover of a very little known Mumford & Sons song, Voices. It is mighty fine! https://www.facebook.com/PawnsorKings
If I think I’ve been busy of late I’ve got an even busier time ahead with a wedding in Eastbourne, 2 gigs (Luke Jackson & Mark Geary) to fit in before the next Oxjam gig. Still so much to share as well though so I best stop the waffleage as it is time for…
I was really impressed upon my first listen of this EP. I’ll share more thoughts about Tom’s music in the future. In the meantime, listen and share. https://www.facebook.com/Tombarrowmusicmanchester
ANN & NANCY WILSON (HEART): STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN
WOW. Stumbled across this posted on Wings Of Apollo‘s Facebook page. Amazing! And rather quite emotional I must say. If you’re a Zep fan you MUST see this.
BLIGHT & BLOSSOM
Gutted I will be missing Blair in Milton Keynes on his forthcoming Autumn tour but it is the same night as my Oxjam Acoustic Folk Night. http://blairdunlop.com/
BLAIR DUNLOP & LUKE JACKSON LIVE @ HITCHIN FOLK CLUB
What a special gig this must have been. Just listen to this! I will be seeing Luke at Rugby Roots next week so very much looking forward to that.
I know it needs no assistance getting out there but heard this in a BBC 6 Music live session last week and was just so blown away, it is so beautiful.
THE BOATSHED SESSIONS…
KING OF THE SWINGERS
I best draw to a close there for now then although as ever there is always so much more to share. I’ll return soon as I can with lots more.