Sansara HopeFM Show & gigs

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Sansara @ Hope FM, 20 Feb 2013

Sansara @ Hope FM, 20 Feb 2013Sansara were one of the bands I’d yet to have the pleasure of hearing live – no more after tonight. They perform four songs live (ambient acoustic), we have another from their first EP, and there is plenty of talk and laughter about their next upcoming release, videos made and making, a tattoo fund- and awareness-raiser, and their various gigs. The full show can be heard on mixcloud.

Krista Green @ O'Neills, 20 Feb 2013On to O’Neills where Krista Green is playing some tunes accompanying herself on ukelele. She’s later joined by Leo on tambourine as she plays out songs from her latest (live) album.

A quick trip to the Anvil for a catch up with Sansara after the show to sort out some further details. The open mic / grand jam is uninspiring so I’m not tempted to stick around and head back to O’Neills.

Blue Demon @ O'Neills, 20 Feb 2013Comedy duo Blue Demon are performing their last ever set of four songs as one of them is moving away up North. As its a celebration the rowdy juice has been flowing a bit making it more novelty than duo.

Si Genaro @ O'Neills, 20 Feb 2013Si Genaro is our penultimate act, rare for him to be at O’Neils on a totally Lost It Wednesday night as he comperes the Tuesday Night revolving Door Open mic night here. Leo again shares some of the songs with him. He’s on good form tonight, he’s also been roped in as compere also, so Leo introduces him with what Si describes as his best intro ever. I don’t really need to write about his music here, as he’s doing all the usual beat boxing, medleys / mixtures and amusing talk between the songs.

The last act are More Than Solitary – I apologise to Taff and Jack before they go on as I leave for the evening, missing their set.

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Radio Boscombe Show & O Neills

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Radio Boscombe join us tonight, with Barry The Hedgehog, who has brought Betty The Hedgehog along with him. We’re still not sure if that’s for moral support or a secure escort as Barry has been expelled from rehab again. Any way, much merriment ensues with topics ranging from Oxjam to Cornish steam engine history, almost running Murray Walker over and emigrating to Spain.

Connor Heather @ O'Neills 7 NovemberO’Neills next, Connor Heather is giving us some tunage, Wonderwall and Space Oddity, with a couple of his own songs in there. Connor is available for weddings and parties, and he’s come on a long way since I first saw him, providing a gig experience at the 2011 Dorset Music Awards.

Sofi Reed @ O'Neills 7 NovemberOur next act, Sofi Reed, has gone viral on youtube with the song Pattern she includes second in her set. She shows off her fabulous voice while playing tricksy chords, and covers Michael Jackson while injecting her own style into The Way You Make Me Feel. Really enjoyable.

Kimari Raven @ O'Neills 7 NovemberNext we have Kimari Raven, with her own brand of quirky chords providing foot tapping songs. A stylistic trick she uses is to change modes during a song, making it sound like a key change, while letting her vocal rise over the top. Again, good music heard well.

Sonic Pete (Pete Clark) @ O'Neills 7 NovemberOur last act tonight is Sonic Pete, immediately he makes an impression with the clear picking on the chords, a rich, resonant strong in the middle, which almost gets lost in mush when he breaks into full strums, but only almost. Vocals are good, not overpowering while strong enough to match the chordwork. Worth catching again, though Pete seems to play a lot of open mics rather than regularly advertised gigs.

Lady Winwoods Maggot Show & O’Neills

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Lady Winwoods Maggot @ Hope FM studio 31 Oct The Lady Winwoods Maggot boys take over the banter tonight – well they need to as my head is somewhere else, and Chinners covers a lot for me. We start on about the rise of X-factor and the like, with their insights from behind the scenes as entrants to the first competition run. We move on to a lot of other subjects, prompted as a result of their latest CD, the Rise Of Karaoke Culture And The Death Of Rock ‘N’ Roll.

As sort of expected, there are a lot of off-air non-broadcast-able moments (perhaps we ought to provide an audience feature just to hear what goes on off-air), and some unexpected sharp cuts to songs or spots as some subject matter strays a bit close to the bone….

Si Genaro @ O'Neills 31 OctOn to O’Neills briefly, Si Genaro acting the compere fool and also entertaining tonight, made up as a rather sinister joker all in black and white. Playstation Hero is his last song, with lots of other bits thrown in, Monster Mash, shrieks and screams, raven calls and the like, in addition to the beat box material Si is known for.

Phil King @ O'Neills 31 OctPhil King is birthday boy tonight, dressed as a mummy he fits in well with the Rocky Horror Picture Show movie shown in the background. He’s brought a sizable crowd to party with him, who seem to like it as he starts with one of my faves of his, Life’s Rich Tapestry. Then debuting a new song, full of bass notes and trademark twiddles and chord progressions. Get Together is accompanied by a dancers floor show thanks to Amanda and Martine, I take my leave for the evening.

Gehko & Tom Clements Show & O’Neills

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Tom Clements with Gehko looking on, Livewire Live on 90.1 Hope FM Oct 24Gehko join us tonight in the studio, we review some tracks from their album. Tom Clements produced the album, he’s joined us all too and since he’s the only one with a guitar, plays Promises out live for us. We have some interesting chat, and I also remember to include a phone in with Karen from Fiveways Folk, a new folk night starting in town.

Isobel Thatcher Music @ O' Neills Bournemouth Oct 24Afterwards, on to O’Neills where Isobel Thatcher is starting the evening, performing to a rowdy bunch who only want to hear Wonderwall. That’s become a bit of an in-joke thing, since Tom was asked to play Wonderwall five times at the Inferno Human Jukebox evening. I digress; Isobel has a strong voice, and carries on regardless of the rowdies, who move on to another pub as part of their crawl, leaving behind a more appreciative, and still full, pub crowd

'Taff' @ O' Neills Bournemouth Oct 24Taff (Thomas ‘Taff’ Morse) is also on stage, taking an unusual break from running things in Poole to play here. He has Jack with him on cajon, they start with a  cover of Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game, its a little different from The Milk Machine stuff I’ve previously heard him do. Next we have Jungle Book’s I Wanna Be Like You, then into When Doves Cry melded with Never Tear Us Apart. Each is placed into its own space, Taff plays each fairly regular, and yet this shows that he can both play decently, and belt out some corkers, even if they are all crowd pleasing covers. He breaks into an Axis of Awesome-style medley, loads of songs in the same key, slightly different rhythms, whilst in the middle of With Or Without You.

Annie & Jemma as Snow Wolf @ O' Neills Bournemouth Oct 24Jemma and Annie enter while Taff plays. Its Jemma’s birthday today, and they are doing a set as Snow Wolf. They’ve brought their own crowd with them too, filling the bar out again. They are on good form tonight – despite birthdays they’ve been staying away from the booze, as last time was a bit giggly so I’m told. Jemma’s strident voice commands the attention of the pub, and Annie takes some easy chord playing, before they swap roles. Annie’s voice is also commanding, and they harmonise well together. Thay also provide a comic interlude – for some reason, Jemma needs to lose a boot, and Annie decides to remove it for her during her own song. Annie tries to remove the other one, and instead removes the heel. Its all a bit random and bizarre, they’re giggling, including us with them makes for entertainment.

Oxjam Show & Gigs

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What a packed show – and with no live music session. Geoff from the Oxjam Bournemouth team drops by to give Chinners and I a run for our money on the talking front. There are so many gigs this week that the entire show was filled just with a gig guide and a few interspersed songs.

Fran Milner @ O'Neills 17 Oct

We’re so full, with texts and calls coming in, I completely forget my prep to promote Fiveways Folk, a new plug in and play folk night starting on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, the first session being on 24 October.

Sweetchunks @ O'Neills 17 Oct

On to O’Neills, where its my first chance to hear Fran Milner since she started gigging again a few months back. She’s just playing guitar, fairly simply, and her voice is compelling, really striding out across the muted audience.

"Stewart" @ Chaplins Open Mic, 17 Oct

Next up we have Sweetchunks, bravely going solo with a 6 stringed banjo. This doesn’t work (or rather, his fingers don’t) for the song he wants to start with, a Levellers cover, so instead switches to an old time style blues number and continues in the Americana trend. I’m enjoying it, there is a lot of self- and banjo- mickey taking, and the humorous songs despite seeming novelty, show a deep thoughtfulness too.

Antonia Edgeley-Long & Alex Taylor @ Chaplins Open Mic 17 OctOn to Chaplins for the open mic. There are rumours that Joe Potter and Antonia Edgeley-Long will be playing, not yet though, Stewart is renditioning some guitar and harmonica for us. Antonia is up next, with Alex paying some clever Spanish guitar for her to sing some covers with, along with added effects from the mixing desk.

Brothers Grimmer Show & O’Neills

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Brothers Grimmer @ HopeFM 26 SeptThe Brothers Grimmer lads join Chinners and I in the studio tonight; leaving manager and promoter Mumma Grimmer behind they run a competition, play live and take us through some of their CD material, as well as giving an insight into Grimmer family life. We have a real blast together and a good old chinwag on air.  They are playing all over the place, thanks to Mumma Grimmer’s tireless efforts to break them out of Bournemouth and into a National scene.

Off air we talk even more and exchange some really funny stories and anecdotes. There’s a couple of phone calls and online bits; like many on the music scene they are genuine and down to earth, while still having great aspirations and producing great music.

Tim Somerfield @ O Neills 26 SeptOn to O’Neills this week for an afterwards with Chinners. Tim Somerfield is playing a set of mainly original material. We had lots of talk about Tim on the show, and all the good work he’s putting in at The Inferno since Brothers Grimmer like playing there a lot. This is just another of Tim’s 100 gigs this year (he’s well on target to reaching that goal, being one of the hardest working muso’s and promoters on our circuit).

Tom Clements @ O'Neills 26 SeptTom Clements takes a second set for the evening, and decides to mainly play covers, only throwing in a couple of his own songs. U2’s The Real Thing gains Chinners approval, which is rare praise indeed from the ultimate greatest U2 fan.

Big thanks to all for their efforts, give one sleep-filled nights thanks to all the activity 🙂

Show, On The Rocks & tour home

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Palms & Pelicans @ HopeFM 19 SeptPalms And Pelicans gave us a good talking with tonight, formerly appearing as Herbarley in 2010, now reformed with different drummer and playing some good acoustic live music, and a couple of good things on their Soundcloud. They haven’t lost any of the verve they had, if anything their attitude has matured along with their stages in life, university has helped expand their music interests even further, and there is a new style to the songs as a result.

Since Chinners from Rock Regeneration is here as regular co-presenter, there are the usual Rock Regeneration videos of Palms And Pelicans live acoustic performances of Cut The Sky, Walls and Unbelievable

Greenest Day @ on The Rocks 19 SeptThen to On The Rocks where Greenest Day are playing a deliberate Green Day covers and glam night, much to this audience’s appreciation, shouting, chanting, arm waving all being orchestrated by the band. It possibly helps with the knowledge that Greenest Day are an alter-ego of Bad Magic’s back line, who wanted to tribute Green Day and found vocalist Tom Calvert to suit. The slight let down is the wayward pitch at certain slower quieter moments, the opening for St Jimmys is a little let down, possibly due to not being able to hear the foldback. Whatever, its all mad, packed and noisily jumping thanks to Tom’s encouragement. Rock Regeneration vids: Boulevard Of Broken Dreams, Minority

Louise Wade @ O'Neills 19 SeptGoing home via O’Neills, where I’ve missed Snow Wolf (Jemma & Annie) among others, yet catch Louise Wade finishing off the evening. She has a clean voice with a rich resonance, and gets a decent enough sound from the Crafter guitar. She’s perfectly accompanied by a very simple tambourine thanks to King Leo. Not quite as pumped an atmosphere here, yet everyone is listening and applauding, probably all the better for that! Pleasant to hear, and definitely a crowd winner.

As ever for a Wednesday, finish off at the Open Mic in Chaplins, as this is turning into an event of decently moderate quality, and is very entertaining.

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