Bare Faced Blues

It’s typical isn’t it? You wait for one new music festival to launch in Hastings and then three come along in the space of a few months. Mind you, we’re not complaining.

First we had a brand new Folk Fest in May, then the Sea Shanty Festival in July and now in September we’ll see the launch of Bare Faced Blues.

The Bare Faced Blues festival plays out over two Sunday’s in September, the 7th and 14th and will take place at the Gecko Bar, on the seafront in St Leonards. It’s all in a good cause too, as all profits will be going to St Michael’s Hospice.

As the name suggests, this new addition to the local music calendar will be Blues based. Showing, if we didn’t know it already, the huge variety of music being played in the Hastings area.

Bare Faced Blues is the brainchild of local promoter Barry Taylor, who once booked the Sex Pistols to play on Hastings Pier. He told me, “Blues music has always been a passion for me and St Michael’s Hospice has family connections”.

Barry has certainly gathered together a great line up of local Blues artists to appear. Sunday, 7th September see’s Buick 6, Jem Turpin Duo, Highway and Goo Goo’s playing.

Sunday, 14th September has Tea Chest Blues, Joe Rytlewski Band, King Size Slim, Pete O’Donnells Blues Band and Mick Bolton scheduled to appear. I’m sure you’d agree that that’s an impressive group of acts.

Both gigs run from 1.30pm to 9pm and entry will be free. There will a collection for St Michael’s Hospice during both gigs.

To coincide with the festival, a CD called “Blues for St Michael’s” is being released, featuring all the acts appearing over the two dates. Priced at just £5, you’ll be able to buy the CD on the day and afterwards at Gecko Bar and also online. All profits from the CD will go to St Michael’s Hospice.

So far, the reception to Barry’s Blues festival idea has been very positive. As he told me, “The first person I spoke to was Pete Prescott, because of his experience of fund raising through music, he was very enthusiastic. All the artists I approached have been very co-operative and I feel the line ups reflect the great variety within the local Blues genre”.

A dedicated Bare Faced Blues website will be coming very shortly, which will feature more info about the acts, the festival itself and also interviews with the performers.

So why not go along, see some great Blues music and help support a very worthy local charity as well. And who knows, maybe Bare Faced Blues will become an annual event?

Let’s hope so.

Big Green Cardigan Festival 2014

Just because summer is (gradually) drawing to a close, doesn’t mean that it’s the end of the music festival season.

And as if to prove that, the 4th Big Green Cardigan Festival is taking place over the weekend of 5th, 6th and 7th of September 2014.

Big Green Cardigan takes place at Cripps Corner, near Hastings, in a lovely countryside setting. The festival prides itself on being a little different to the norm, when it comes to what we think of with music festivals these days.

As they put it themselves on their website: http://biggreencardigan.co.uk/

Big Green Cardigan is “Intimate and relaxed, our festival is not big, nor is it brash. There is no corporate sponsorship and there are no gimmicks. In a way the event is – how do we put it – old school. The crowd genuinely listen to the music – it is a gathering place for music lovers – musical tastes of all kinds are catered for”

“Musically, there is no theme. But there will be lots of it; lots of music with no distinctive style  – from Americana to Country to Blues and even a touch of acoustic tribal trance”

As if to re-emphasise that they do things slightly differently, there are only 500 tickets available for each day, only over 18′s are admitted and there are “local real ales and ciders, home cooked food (at sensible prices) and enough clean (and regularly checked) toilets to go round”

But what of the acts playing over the weekend? Well, there is a mixture of local acts and many from further afield as well.

Confirmed so far are acts such as: King Size Slim, Red Butler, Sean De Burca, Red Dirt Skinners,Titus, Irie Method, Ricky Adelaide Swing Band and many, many more.

Tickets for the weekend, which include camping, are £66 per person, but they sell fast….

For more details, check out the festival website.

And, no, we don’t know where the festival get’s its name from either….

Maid of Ace – Tour Movie

It’s good to see any of our local bands playing gigs outside of the Hastings area, especially if those gigs happen to be in mainland Europe.

So, we thought we’d share this 12 minute home movie of the recent tour of Germany and Belgium by Maid of Ace.

It was filmed by the band themselves, with a little help from Mike, and was edited by Mark Richards.

It looks like they had a lot of fun too, despite a broken down car.

Rumour has it that Maid of Ace may be off to the USA for a tour in the not too distant future.

Let’s hope they blaze a trail for other local bands to follow in their footsteps.

RNLI Hastings Beach Concerts 2014

You know summer is here when details start to emerge of the annual RNLI Hastings Beach Concerts.

This traditional start to Hastings Old Town Carnival Week, now in its 26th year, takes place over the weekend of Saturday, 26th July and Sunday, 27th July 2014.

The concerts will be held in their usual spot, next to the RNLI Lifeboat station.

The line up’s and stage timings, which are subject to change and alteration, are as follows:

Saturday, 26th July – 1 to 8pm:

Ed Boxall – 1.15pm

Goo Goos – 2.15pm

Ruff Copy – 3.25pm

Star Scream – 4.40pm

Martin Blackman Band – 5.40pm

Kid Kapichi – 7pm

Sunday, 27th July – 1 to 7pm:

Titus – 1.05pm

Wakin’ Snakes – 2.15pm

Joe Rytlewski Band – 3.25pm

Hornet – 4.40pm

Local Heroes – 6pm

The beach concerts are being sponsored by The Carlisle pub and a collection will be held on both days for the RNLI, please give generously.

Well done to all of the Hastings Beach Concerts team for all their hard work, time and dedication in helping to bring us these great gigs year after year.

Let’s hope for a nice, sunny weekend.

 

Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell – Live

Well, we’re back with a bang.

Here’s the latest episode of Harvey Summers’ ‘The Live Room’ sessions.

This time it features local rockers Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell, playing many tracks from their brand new album ‘Check ‘Em, Before You Wreck ‘Em’, and it’s well worth watching.

Turn it up!

There is some adult content within the video.

If you enjoyed that as much as I did, you can catch the band live in Hastings, on Saturday June 21st at The Union Bar.

Find them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/theshovell

Local Music Show – Podcasts

As mentioned in previous posts, I am once again presenting some Local Music Shows on this years Hastings Rock broadcast.

The first two, of four, have already gone out and I have now edited the Podcasts of those shows.

For future reference you can find them on the Hastings Rock Mixcloud page. I shall be posting future shows there as well: http://www.mixcloud.com/HastingsRock/

Here are the first two Local Music Shows.

Local Music Show 1 – Hastings Rock 2014 by Hastings Rock on Mixcloud

Local Music Show 2 – Hastings Rock 2014 by Hastings Rock on Mixcloud

Vote King Size Slim

Local bluesman Toby Barelli, aka King Size Slim, has been nominated in the Emerging Artist category of the British Blues Awards 2014, and you can help him win that prestigious award.

Anyone who has seen live, or heard, King Size Slim will know both how good his music is, and also how richly deserved this award nomination is.

So, to give Toby your vote visit this link: http://www.britishbluesawards.co.uk/vote.htm

The Emerging Artist category is the second from the bottom of the list. Voting is open until the end of June. We’ll let you know if he wins when the results are announced.

While you’re doing that, here’s an interview King Size Slim did recently for the Blues Magazine Show on Team Rock Radio:

Find out more about King Size Slim via his website at: http://www.kingsizeslim.com/

I had the pleasure of interviewing Toby during my Local Music Shows on Carnival FM last year, when he came into the studio to perform a live sesssion. Here’s a video of that interview and of one of the tracks he played live for us, ‘Angel Dear’.

Vote King Size Slim and help put Hastings onto the national musical map.

Local Musicians Get Govt Money

Whatever you think about this, or any other Government, they do have the means to help various sections of society, if they so choose.

Well, the current Government have now invested £550,000 of our money to help promote some of the hottest new musical talent from the UK.

The Music Export Growth Scheme was set up to try and replicate the international success of such acts as Alt-J, Mumford and Sons, and Bastille, to name a few. The scheme is administered by UK Trade and Investment, and the British Recorded Music Industry (BPI).

Today the Music Export Growth Scheme announced grants of between £5,000 to £50,000 to 14 different UK acts, all aiming to take their music to a worldwide audience.

It’s a pretty diverse list of acts, as can be seen here:
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/taxpayer-funds-acid-punk-and-thrash-metal-as-trade-minister-picks-new-music-stars-for-grants-9307434.html

One of the great things about this list is that it contains two bands that have current members who live and are based in Hastings.

The first are Savage Messiah, who’s guitarist Joff Bailey has played in local bands for several years, before joining the London based band. They are in the process of releasing their second album ‘The Fateful Dark’. They have been awarded money for ‘European Tour Support and Promotion / Marketing’.

The second band to receive money are Skinny Lister, a folk/rock band, two of whose members are now based in Hastings. Skinny Lister have toured the USA several times and are due to return there again very shortly. Their most recent album ‘Forge and Flagon’ was released in 2012 and very good it is too. They have been awarded money for ‘USA and Japan Tour Support’.

Well done to both bands for getting through the selection process and being picked to help represent the UK music scene across the world. We wish them well.

On another level it helps showcase the great musical talent that we have in the Hastings area and that we are attracting to the town, because of the wonderful local music scene.

Hopefully this will help to inspire and encourage many more local musicians to attempt to follow in their footsteps.

Otti Albietz and the Voices – Live Video

We’ve mentioned before about the series of live session videos that Bexhill producer Harvey Summers has been recording for his Broadoak Studios YouTube channel.

Well, the latest episode of ‘The Live Room’ is now ready for viewing and it’s another cracker.

This time around the band in session are Otti Albietz and the Voices. Once again, someone who we’ve mentioned here on Pierless Music before, and for very good reason too.

We think this session captures perfectly the unique sound of Otti and his band.

See what you think.

http://www.bbemusic.com/artists/2816/Otti%20Albietz#.U147mfldUrU