St Georges Showdown

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Fran Milner @ Solid Air St Georges Showdown, Cellar Bar, 23 AprilAnother week, another Monday and I’m very briefly at Solid Air, this being my first outing for a few days due to unexpected illness. Walking in as Fran Milner reaches the last half of her last song, playing a gentle ballad on keyboard and singing sweet soothing vocals; yet again I’ve disappointingly missed a full set of hers.

Charlie Hole @ Solid Air St Georges Showdown, Cellar Bar, 23 AprilCharlie Hole soon switches in with a keyboard start, before singing an unrequited love song on guitar, because its “the law, somewhere” that this must be done as a solo singer songwriter. There’ll be a lot of this “law” tonight, The Milk Machine are headlining and heckle a bit about “the [unwritten music] law” during these prior sets. Charlie has a great voice, and can throw in different tones, for third song Everyman his voice takes on a deeper sound then back to the higher, clipped notes again. Good stuff done well.

Surfin' Dave & The Absent Legends @ Solid Air St Georges Showdown, Cellar Bar, 23 AprilSurfin’ Dave without The Absent Legends was on the radio show with Conrad a few weeks ago, tonight the three of them (Dave on guitar, Mark on bass and Plim on the smallest drums) are playing some old school rock and roll, very short numbers as we discussed on the show and squeezing them in fast and furious. Its all a lot of fun, Dave’s clearly enjoying himself, and loves the intimate atmosphere, “just like a lounge gig”. Its a shame I feel I have to leave as still not 100%, its all good tunage.  Means I miss The Milk Machine, and hear a few days afterwards it was one of their best ever sets…

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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.