Dorset Music Awards Quarter Final 2

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Dirty Jerkers can’t make it due to acute illness, so get well soon. Shaun Gary Palmer @ DMA QF2 17 FebThis means the starter is Shaun Gary Palmer, who plays an awesome looking and sounding acoustic guitar. He starts with the intricate fingered chords that won his style over to me in the heats, before slipping into some sombre strummed songs, before livening things up again near the end of his 20 minute set.

Sean Hatton is next; Sean Hatton @ DMA QF2 17 Febhe demonstrates a wider range of strumming chord techniques, picking some of the notes, good twiddling with upbeat chords keeping it happy in nature. He’s using a variety of capo settings to provide an interest to the music, while keeping his vocals in what is probably a comfortable range for him.

Bad Magic wake usBad Magic @ DMA QF2 17 Feb all up by playing some awesome rock, a stunning contrast to the previous acoustic music. Tuneful, loud, brash, with enough attitude to take the building by storm, its hard to believe they’re not out of their teens yet. All the posturing is here, backed up by good music; they also throw in a couple of ballads as if to show they can do those too. Lead singer and guitarist Chris shows good vocal control, able to wail them out long and loud, holding notes on choruses like a pro.

Know One finish off the night in style. SKnow One @ DMA QF2 17 Febinger / MC Dean and the sax player take time out to jump off stage and join the inevitable mosh pit. They finish with Potential, which has a big rock riff in the middle , totally broken time with the rest of the track, a 1-2-3 from Dean and they all break back into the fast ska-reggae beats they’ve been playing, totally tight. Kudos also for giving shouts to the rest of the artists tonight.

I finish in the Cellar Bar Jouis @ Cellar Bar 17 Febwhere the auditory delights of Jouis are entertaining the massed crowd. Hearing them do their funk / soul / psychedelic groove as a full band, on a full PA, with a very active and vocal audience, is another treat for my now well-over indulged ears.

Made In Pangaea & Focal – Thu 13 Oct

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Jouis @ Made In Pangaea 13 OctDarren was on the show last night promoting all that Made In Pangaea is about – he did a good job, since I’m here!  Jouis are just about to start when I join in with what promises to be a wonderful evening. Having last heard them in acoustic mode at Steve Biddle’s So Much So book launch its a delight to hear them in full on mode, and at a decent non-overpowering sound level (thanks Totally Lostit).

Vida @ Focal, just before Crazy In Love 13 OctFor those that haven’t wandered across Jouis before they are a Brighton band formerly of Bournemouth, mixing up funk and prog, with decent rhythms and melodies. They are great to groove to, or just to chill out to, as your mood takes you.

Kimari Raven @ Focal, Smokin Aces 13 OctI pop over the road and down the hill to catch tonight’s Focal at Smokin Aces. Vida are the host/esses and start with four songs, one a new one, the last being a fave of mine Crazy In Love. They soon give way for the vocal talents of Kimari Raven, who amazes me nowadays with her confidence, despite (or perhaps because of) some pre-gig nerves.

Besh O Drom @ Made In Pangaea, trhe Winchester 13 OctBack to Made In Pangaea and Besh O Drom are in full effect. Gipsy folk yet not really, it’s all just a good excuse to have a bob around to incredibly fast rhythms and notes on some form of wind synthesiser. Absolutely frenetic is about all I can say.  There are loads of people rammed into the Winchester by now, and the music is pumping them into a frenzy.  While the lyrics are not understandable, they are delivered at such a pace, and the sax solos are so extreme, that it’s almost impossible not to jump around in time to all that’s going on.  Well worth catching these guys on one of their rare forays into the UK from their Hungarian home.

Vicky Barents & Tim Rea @ Focal, Smokin Aces 13 OctAfter what seems a more or less continuous jump up and down session, back to Focal for a totally laid back end to the evening. Vicky Barents (of The Goodfoot Band) is doing a set of her unique covers and originals, with Tim Rea accompanying her. Mellow and soulful, she is a real diva, voice all over the range, and strong with it, the amplification is barely needed in the small and intimate bar. Love it.

Vida @ Focal 2nd time around :) 13 OctFinally Vida perform a closing set. They’re in full plugged in mode tonight, giving Tim and Karl ample opportunity to show off their instrumental talents to counter the amazing female harmonies, all while Rio is doing his best to provide the beats on the electric drums. A fantastic night on all fronts.

Oposium on tour, on air

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Oposium Tour 2011Richard from Oposium joins me for 2 hours in the studio tonight. We talk about all things they’re into: 

  • the music, including debug radio plays of the latest two songs (videos available on their youtube channel)
  • the elemental piano cycle (they’ve done playing a piano in water and a piano on fire, now doing earth in this tour),
  • the Herd of Red Bison (the tour is called Have You Herd?)

plus the other wrappings that come by doing things an Oposium way – they are building an online virtual village of businesses wishing to do e-commerce, including the band and one of the church choirs they’re into, all built by their web business Conical Sphere.

Paint It Blue at O'Neill'sAfterwards I head off with some of the other station people to hear Paint It Blue at O’Neill’s. Great music going on here as ever to be expected with one of the most awesome blues bands on the circuit. They kick off with the slower blues in the main for the first half, reserving the punchier rolling blues numbers for the second.

Good stuff from a band with four gigs in 3 days ahead of them, and also a chance to catch up with those I’ve missed during my time away.  Next is over to Chaplins for Andy Stock’s open mic – Bex Grant with her powerful voice, Graham Jones with his blues and Joe Potter from Jouis (amazing gravelly vocals, totally unlike when he speaks) feature here, as well as a catch up for me with many others.  All enjoyable stuff.