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:

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.

Rock n Roll and Beer

We all know that rock n roll and beer make a great combination don’t we? It’s a match made in heaven.

But, it has to be said that the beer served in some venues, especially for us bitter drinkers, can leave a little bit to be desired at times. Many is the time that i’ve had to resort to, whisper it, lager to quench my thirst, because the alternative just wasn’t up to scratch.

We are blessed in the Hastings area with some very good local gig venues that serve great beer and now that very fact has been recognised by none other than the beer drinkers very own organisation CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale).

The Dolphin down there in Rock A Nore, in the Old Town of Hastings, has recently been awarded the highly prized accolade of  ‘Camra, East Sussex Pub of the Year’ and very well deserved it is too.

Apart from, rather obviously, serving great beer The Dolphin is a very proud and active supporter of local music. Whether that be covers or original music.

The pub and its dedicated team have played host to such varied local acts as Blair, Liane Carroll, Sam Wills and The Sound, Slam, Roger Carey,  Pete Prescott, Blackman Band and even Claire Hamill complete with a choir!

The Dolphin also featured amongst the venues for the recent Fat Tuesday festivities. I was there myself for some of the Unplugged Saturday afternoon session, watching amongst others The Kid Kapichi and King Size Slim. A good time was certainly had by all on that occasion.

As you are no doubt well aware by now, here at Pierless Music we are very keen on supporting original local music and also those, such as The Dolphin, that help to give it the exposure that it richly deserves.

It’s also good to see a local venue get recognised for the beer that they serve to those thirsty gig goers as well. After all it is an essential part of the whole rock n roll experience. So, well done to all concerned.

(No hops were harmed in the writing of this post)