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.

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Great Music, Messy Night

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Admiral Shiny Sides @ Inferno, 28 AprilProceedings start tonight from Alex and Elliot aka Admiral Shineysides; Elliot’s home made stick bass eliciting comment and questions from spectators. Series of their usual country and soft rock covers, with Johnny Cash taking dominance, and the occasional same-veined original slipped in. Another tough gig at the Inferno, with very few of the many punters paying attention to what’s going on, instead accepting it as background.

Kimari Raven @ Inferno, 28 AprilRock Regeneration’s Chinners walks in just at the end of their set, and Kimari Raven takes the stage after what seems an inordinately long wait. Starting solo with a two week old number with a rather long title she whizzes through some of her staples. She’s admitted to nerves, and being wired on cola, yet looks totally relaxed, sitting cross legged on the stool. Shame the lack of Inferno lighting with the crapberry really can’t do justice to her cheeky grin, and the energy she’s putting in to her show. Kat joins her for Monster and stays for the remainder of the set.

Pachango @ Cellar Bar, 28 AprilSo on to the Cellar Bar, where Pachango are playing an absolutely rammed venue, upstairs on the front landing, on the stairs and down. The music is raucous, Selby’s chants and poetry in-yer-face, and the party totally ripping as a consequence. What a good laugh. Shame I decide to leave to catch the end of the Inferno, especially as I’m rear-ended on a roundabout on the way over, thanks to the incredibly messy wild wet weather and slippery roads :(.

Gaz Brookfield @ Inferno, 28 AprilAt Inferno Bristol based Gaz Brookfield has been given special billing during the week. Now, despite the small active listening audience, those here are on their feet and shouting along to the choruses he’s introduced. One man and a guitar can definitely rock a joint. Photo courtesy of Jay, a nicely merry punter on an different smartphone. Gaz sings a bit of blues, slightly country, and pop/rock. As well as singing, he’s also capable of the rap/chant lyrics style that is so in vogue at present.

Show & Acoustic Nights

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Surfin’ Dave (without the Absent Legends, and without photo, too) is Conrad’s guest for the radio show tonight. Dave has many many stories, and can name drop with the best of them, thanks to an early relationship with Andy Kershaw when the latter was entertainments manager for Leeds University. The Clash and Billy Bragg are the most memorable now, alongside vast numbers of local artists thanks to the vibrant scene back in the day. Dave’s had a long live career yet with few recordings to show, though there’s music enough to pervade the two hours.

Kimari Raven, 11 April @ O'NeillsOn to the Anvil, which runs an open mic on a Wednesday. This is my first visit since it was the iBar, the lighting has improved and since its acoustic the sound is also good, albeit only the host Craig with two mates and two other gig-goers is present.

Riddl, 11 April, O'NeillsO’Neills run an acoustic show on a Wednesday, Kimari Raven plays her good sets of songs as I’m walking in and ordering, she’s enticed work colleague Riddl to get out and play, he does a good job of showing a few styles, mainly strummed chords with slight picking.

Folk Club – Rex Preston & Miranda Sykes

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Rex Preston & Miranda Sykes @ Folk Club 26 JanI’ve been invited to the Bournemouth Folk Club tonight by one of the promoters, Catherine Burke, as two people she recommended would be right up my street are playing, in Rex Preston & Miranda Sykes. They are an epitomal example of the amazing acts at the folk club – see the folk club website for their upcoming gigs. – Rex is a former local chap (so qualifies for the blog in his own right)

Rex sings harmonies and plays exquisite mandolin work, with very delicate finger picking; he also switches to a bouzouki for some songs. Miranda plays double bass, and has an amazing voice, clear and carrying; a guitar and ukelele are also available to her.

What is impressive about their performance is not only the good tunes, some of their own, plus songs of artists they’ve played with such as Imogen Heap, and other well known tunes (like I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free , otherwise known as the BBC Film 2012 theme). They also move about the stage – its quite engaging to see Miranda move away from the mic to join Rex for an instrumental, as this requires lugging the double bass around to do so.

Kimari Raven & Kat Hattersley @ Kimari Bday 26 Jan

Catherine Burke @ Kimari Bday 26 Jan

Tony Two Dogs @ Kimari Bday 26 Jan

Then on to O’Neills for a more usual night – it’s Kimari Raven‘s birthday and she’s playing as I arrive with Kat accompanying. Tony Two Dogs and Catherine Burke also play while I’m present, before I head home (dropping in on Veetacore in the Cellar Bar, who have stopped by the time I arrive) after another busy night of good music.

Solid Air Cramming & Jamming for Chinese New Year

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Kimari Raven @ Solid Air 23 JanKimari Raven is on stage playing Monster as I enter the cellar; she continues with some softer gentler songs. Some of these require her singing when she’s stopped the guitar and takes short a capella excursions, which shows she can do it and keep it in tune.

Chris Poole (Sola Infrared) @ Solid Air 23 JanChris Poole (from Sola Infrared) does a solo set on acoustic, no effects or anything, which shows the undercurrent of good music there is behind all the processing and synth work of the band. I love some of the chords and notes he’s putting together, one song when combined with added delay fx from Conrad works incredibly well and delivers goosebumps.

Kathryn Price @ Solid Air 23 JanKathryn Price is next up, she’s introduced as the authentic act for tonight’s year of the Dragon Chinese New year – even though she’s from Hong Kong. She plays strummed chords and has a good clear voice, with moderate range; she likes going towards the top end of this. She’s also suffered some tech hassles such that she’s not using her own guitar, for want of a battery for the active pickup.

Aaron Gregory @ Solid Air 23 JanAaron Gregory is fourth on, starting with Bethnal Green, a song that has grown on me since he slipped me an EP for the radio show a few weeks back. While the production quality on the EP is OK, it doesn’t capture the essence of Live. Its a sad song, mournful, yet it is beautiful rather than dirgy. An added phaser effect just towards the end from Conrad is a nice touch as Aaron comments. Social commentary on a seedier side of the town features in Derby Road. He strums a varying amount of chords, ranging up and down the fretboard.

Milk Machine @ Solid Air 23 JanMilk Machine finally reach the stage, starting with an instrumental, Oozlin Daddy Blues, they move into People Are Strange, starting slow then moving into a fast pace for the chorus and remainder. After The Model we have Enola Gay, with kazoo solo – first outing for this song. The synth riff from the original has been ported to the mando, giving Andy “the tricky bit” as they say. After Anarchy In The UK (where they all sing in unison and harmony) into Losing My Religion; this “has to be done as its The Law”, if you have a mandolin in the band 🙂

Daddy Cool follows Take It Easy, then Brick In The Wall, before Blue Monday makes an appearance, first time I’ve heard their version of it – Taff has a strident rich voice and the dub beats from the original are originally replicated on Crowman’s cowbell and cymbal, the twiddly bits covered by kazoo. Sit Down follows Kiss – its a shame that a party I was at once stuck the 12″ special remix of this on, it was parodied then by a chap as “boring song, a boring boring song, a-” and this image stays with me for this song, especially as its a pretty straight cover! They finish with Ain’t Gonna Rain No More and would have used their Dorset love song I Adder as an encore, instead are pressed for more fast ones so pull out Fishermans Blues and a very weird version of Run To The Hills.

Day & Night

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A Cushion for the legendary Pete Christie and his magic fingers, as made by NessBeen a busy bee today, cycled to Swanage for a railway thing, and took the opportunity to drop in on Pete Christie, Ness had made a cushion for his gigging stool which needed delivery. On return from there after a full day Ness and I go straight out to Soho in Christchurch with some of Ness’ friends (£2 for a squash – racketeering is alive and well in some areas!). On the way to the car we drop into the Thomas Tripp as Jon Cotton is there doing a rare pub gig, however by this time Mrs H really wants to go home, so we leave and I head to Inferno.

Kimari Raven & Kat Hattersley @ Inferno 14 JanKimari Raven is doing an entertaining set, she has Kat Hattersley with her on cello providing some variety. She starts an audience requested song, however it requires a capo she hasn’t got, so the key falls apart and she collapses in a heap of laughs and says some naughty things! Directly into her take of Nights In White Satin for a good recovery then into some more of her original material, including oldie I Need You. I’ve commented before on her playing confidence, this confidence has now matured into full on audience interaction, including dealing with hassle caused by the usual rowdy non-interested-musically crowd found here.

Escape From 98 @ Inferno 14 JanI’ve managed to somehow miss Escape From 98 at the other gigs they’ve played, so its feeling a little bit like cheating, seeing them perform a full set the week before I’ll be including them in the judging at Dorset Music Awards. They do fun punk rock, helpful as they have one of the loudest drummers in town in Mandy. They treat us to a brand new song, which is flaffed up a little bit, but its a lot of fun and they laugh it off recovering nicely.

EF98 muckabout after the messed gig :)To be honest its good they’ve got the humour, as over the slightly shot PA they would otherwise come across as yet another too loud band; their nicely harmonised lyrics are being lost within the energetic and wild music. This is sorted for a ska number, the title of which I can’t publish here (Radio Rules). There are other things not going all their way – Lennon’s guitar amp intermittently seems to give up the ghost, and Lee is struggling with memory issues – he seems to have forgotten a number of the lyrics, which he just has to laugh off – it’s good to see them not getting up tight and wound up by this – as demonstrated by their off stage antics…

Quinns Quinney @ Cellar Bar 14 JanOver to the Cellar Bar, where Quinns Quinney are taking a break (to retune their 12 string allegedly) before entering into costumed farmyard madness. I’ve not seen these guys play for a long time, a couple of years at least, and they’ve had a number of lineup (hence instrument) changes, and a lot more rehearsal time.

Quinns Quinney watering can trumpet! @ Cellar Bar 14 JanRather than making the play about being funnily shambolic, they are now a full on cowfolk outfit, though the exotic instruments are still a feature (suitcase drum, kazoos, watering can 😉 !) Also still present are the medleys – Eye Of The Badger ?! into Take Me Home to Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls. They try a new song, Charlie Brown, which works well. Mama Don’t Like… is still in the set, worked over and more presentable than before when I saw it, as are many of the other medley staples included tonight, meaning a good time is had by all in the packed bar.

Show & Open Mic

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Yellowgroove @ HopeFM 16 NovYellowgroove are on my bill tonight, Simon and Ben only show up, with core fan and videographer John in tow (Mark and new drummer Chris can’t make it). I’m always guilty of turning the music show into a talk show when friends like Simon and Ben join me – they always have interesting topics to talk about; I always seem to be able to divert the interview into digressions based on the lines they feed me.

Yellowgroove @ HopeFM 16 NovThe upshot is we only play a few songs over the whole two hours on air, 3 of theirs from CD/Soundcloud (San Francisco Bay, These Times, Son of a Working Man) , 2 live (Lovin’ Man , Wheels of Fire (which Mark later comments (he’s listening) is a cool new version)) and 3 other artists – Fawnamarine, The Frequency and Veetacore. I really enjoy the show, despite my lack of music.

After last weeks excellent Wednesday night session, another one is in store tonight. Joe Potter, Louis Pavlo and Annie Winter have formed a trio and are rumoured to be playing tonight. Before then, we have Kimari Raven, a new dude called Joe playing the likes of Savage Garden covers, the Admiral Shiny Sides (yeh, you try pronouncing that) doing mainly Johnny Cash Covers; Andy finishes the night after the rumour-proving-true main attraction for many here of Joe, Louis and Annie.

Joe Potter, Louis Pavlo and Annie Winter @ Chaplins Open Mic 16 NovLouis’ Nord keyboard creates a great 70’s Rhodes vibe sound, backed by Joe’s acoustic guitar with Annie taking a vocal lead. Joe and Louie switch guitar and keys occasionally, Annie sometimes just sings, other times includes her acoustic guitar in the ensemble.

They cover a couple of Beatles numbers before breaking into some of their original songs, continuing to intersperse covers and originals, much to the appreciative audience’s delight. Definitely worth waiting for, expect to see them booked at a venue near you real soon.

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