What's on in the Shires
If you love blues and intimate listening venues instead of noisy pubs then the chance to get 'up close and personal' with real deal artists is right on your doorstep or worth a trip across the shires as we did last week.
Up and coming gigs before the summer close:Saturday 17th May MICHAEL PICKETT "In the few short years since Toronto-based Michael Pickett began visiting the UK, he has become one of the most popular Canadian musicians on the British blues scene. Armed only with his acoustic guitars, rack harmonica and a deeply soulful voice, Michael holds his audiences spellbound. Come what makes this veteran bluesman so special!" Saturday 14th June BAD INFLUENCE
ALL GIGS AT DORCHESTER ARTS CENTRE
8.00 PM (DOORS / BAR OPEN 7.30 P.M.)
TICKETS IN ADVANCE:
£10.25 / £5.25 (under 18s / NUS cardholders)
TICKETS ON THE DOOR:
£11.50 / £5.75 (under 18s / NUS cardholders)
BOOKINGS: 01350 266926
SWAY VILLAGE HALL
THE ACOUSTIC TRIO
Saturday 17th May 2008
7.30 for 8.00 pmAn evening of Acoustic Country and Folk Music
Bar and Raffle
FOR INFORMATION CONTACT CYRIL 01590 682741
This promises to be a cracking little gig with Richard Crouch, Martin Kennard and Tony Jefferies at the helm of it and featuring guest appearances. This is what village halls are for.
A rollicking combo of fine musicians playing Celtic, American, Irish and Scottish folk music. Their residences include the Wheatsheaf in Shedfield near Wickham, Hampshire and the Shoe Inn at Plaitford near Wellow, Hampshire.
Home to Oliver Grey and Richard Williams "SOUTH BY SOUTH CENTRAL" promoting the very best alt-country, Americana or whatever you want to call it with artists from the UK, America and Canada. Full details of up and coming shows and the crackers you have missed from
Next gig is Chuck Prophet which is sold out at the Railway and promises to be a bit special.
Can generally steer you to some cracking gigs. Last one was Robin Williamson (Incredible String Band) and John Renbourn (Pentangle) at Tennyson's old place now the Farringford Hotel which was sold out before it took place. Next up the Strawbs in Freshwater Memorial Hall followed by Valerie Smith, Becky Buller, Liberty Pike from Bellbuckle Tennessee in the summer . . .
Two cracking residences on the Island, Wednesday's at the Bargeman's on Newport Quay and Thursday's at the Spyglass on Ventnor seafront. If you haven't been to a Grimshaw gig on my diamond Wight island they are to be recommended especially the Spyglass with the wind and waves lapping against the door.
For many years Sam and Sandy have printed the excellent Folk on Tap which may make an appearance again hopefully. Till then their long running folk club can be found on Sunday nights are at Bursledon Village Hall. They host singarounds and some sparkling guest nights like the recent storming gig with Phil Beer. Jez Lowe tonight but I'm still recovering from a stunning with the Grimshaws in Dorchester . . .
Tuesday nights from 8.30 till closing onwards, in the snug bar of Bishops Waltham Social Club which is set in the car park at Houchin Street. A friendly club. Visitors and newcomers welcome, bring instruments, sing, play or just come to listen. Guest nights first Tuesday of each month.
Charles Gow mc's the club and has some cracking guest nights which I seem to miss like Martin Simpson tomorrow. Also the singaround, song circle nights are filled by lots of talented folk.
Stuart the owner has a passion for live music and the variety here over several nights a week while you eat or take a beer is cracking stuff. I'd wholly recommend the Sunday afternoon jazz session and the roast dinners and all the food here.
Another one of those scuzzy bars like the Railway in Winchester where there's been some cracking gigs this year. For example Tim O'Brien and Arty McGlynn playing everything from Celtic to Virginia backwoods tunes. Chuck Prophet's blinding gig for Oliver Grey and Richard Williams South by South Central promotions (See Railway Inn, Winchester above)