Bhone@Champions – aka the Ed White night

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Reason for the title…? Ed features in two of the 3 bands on tonight, trumpet in Disco’s Out (Murder’s In) and bass in Dusty Cuts. NoDisco's Out Murders' In 1t content with that Dom (lead of  The Hops) mentioned him & even invited Ed up on stage (declined)!

Mischa opened before I arrived, I heard he gave his usual sterling performance – he must have enjoyed it since he was running around like the mad thing he is, saying hi to nearly everybody at the gig – definitely the friendliest muso on the local scene!

I walked in as Disco’s Out (Murder’s In) were into their set, being as energetic and madcap as ever, costumes in full effect (the photo doesn’t do justice)

Disco's Out Murder's In 2What is good is to see the guys and girls playing on a stage suitable for their act – Champions is generous to the acts that perform there – fitting as it’s on its journey to become the leading venue in Bournemouth

Disco’s Out (Murder’s In) feature an impressive line up, the three piece drum bass and guitar joined by horns normally found at the back with other acts, with Disco’s Out (Murder’s In) they are full on in your face as the major part they are. This includes alternative instruments too – melodica, glockenspiel and all of them switching to fruit shaped percussion shakers during one song. Impressive as ever always this line up leads to huge brass chords on Back To The Start

The Hops up next. Solid pumping tunes, with some in your face cutting lyrics. Apparently former Clam Olly Hopper (lead guitar) is writing a lot at the moment, and some of those songs are finding their way into the Hops set list. Good stuff – rocky, tuneful, melodic and driving along, for example I Want To Be Back On The Beach is all that Everyone Wants to Rule The World (by 80’s band Tears For Fears) should have been and wasn’t!

I’ve now lost count of the number of times I’ve seen Dusty Cuts, either as full band or that one time Ant played through the set acoustically. However this is the first time I’ve seen them perform as a three-Dusty Cuts 1piece, their DJ being off with an ear infection (get well soon LeeRoy).

Kicked off with a strong rendition of People, merged into a full on drum solo by Rio as Ant broke a string – with the aforementioned Ed picking up some bass riffs to go with the flow while guitars were changed and tuned, leading into Pass It On – Brilliant. So I’ve now seen them as solo acoustic, two piece with no lead guitar, 3 piece with no DJ, and full on band – not many I can say that about!

Another of my favourites Barefoot Soldier ensured the majoity of the now-thinned crowd kept pogo-Dusty Cuts -Rioing along to the ska/punk beats with some fun interactions going on (unfortunately not captured by the non-flash camera on my BlackBerry).

Audience request Visitors also went down a storm as the set and the gig drew to a close. Another awesome music night courtesy of bhone and Champions. Thanks.

Bournemouth Airport & The Introjuicer

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Attended a lecture last night about the challenges Bournemouth Airport has faced over the years, and those for the future, regarding expansion and growth.  This was the RAeS Sir Alan Cobham lecture so surprisingly many people there, with a wine buffet.

Still wanted my live music fix, so transported from the UNiversity to Champions, where (among others) Nion Abeo were supposed to be playing, according to the email I’d received. Since the club was locked up, I had to skip that.  The folk club was just about to close down by the time I’d got there, so wandered to the Winchester, to find a poetry slam going on (packed with chairs, no music).

So I sauntered home, via the Cellar Bar. Ant from Dusty Cuts runs a regular night there on a Thursday called The Introjuicer, where newish bands to the Cellar Bar are given a run out.  Last night it was just Ant, on his own, doing credible and passable renditions of some Dusty Cuts songs just on his acoustic guitar. 

Depite this, still tunes to groove along to, since Ant’s clever enough to fill in the backbeats with stop-strumming, making this enjoyable, even if I was the only audience at one point – I’m used to being awed by people performing renditions for me in the studio, it rarely happens in the music clubs and bars.  As the bar started to fill up with the late drinkers and the ex-O2 crowd, I bowed out gracefully.

Oxjam Bournemouth Takeover, 2010

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Overall an amazing weekend, lots of bands playing lots of venues, all to raise money for Oxfam.

Friday Night, Champions

Only managed to see the last two of the four acts on the bill – Sola Infrared  and My Broken 101.  Both amazingly chilled yet big rock vibes, have provisionally booked MB101 for a show appearance.

Saturday afternoon, Sherbet Lounge & The Inferno

was limited in my options here – was at a Samaritans Purse fundraising quiz night from 7pm, so was only able to catch a few of the afternoon bands:

Sherbet lounge:

The Inferno

Saturday Evening, Winchester, 60 Million Postcards, The Inferno

After the Samaritans Purse fundraiser was compete, managed to dash to the Winchester to catch the last chord of New Volunteer, before seeing one of the Retro Bombshell burlesque troop while waiting for The New Governors.

Then to see Mutant Vinyl  in 60 Million Postcards (he’s by far the hottest property of the moment in town), before finishing the evening with Dusty Cuts in The Inferno.

Something of note – bumped into many ex-Betikans in 60MPC; things might be looking up on that horizon. Dave Purse was out telling me about this new project he’s currently got on, Zaardvark (it could almost be Jazz, he furtively whispered)

Sunday night, The Old Firestation

This was a first for me, not been here before (even though many gigs take place here, I perceive it as mainly a student venue and caters for the DJ crowd rather than live music audiences.)

However, amazingly strong line up, all ably held together by Chris Brown, the Rock ‘N’ Roll Town Crier:

No particular major reviews here, just a fantastic weekend of live music through out the town.  Big shout to Tone Foster (bhone) for pulling to gether a great team, including Chloe (The Longest Day), Geoff (DJ Mr Lively) and Rob (who I’d seen around but not had a chance to talk to before).

Thank you Bournemouth muso’s for your generosity and prowess in equal measure.