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.

PS: The website is now live at: www.barefacedblues.co.uk

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.

Basement 26 – Blues Nights

Well known local musician Mike Raxworthy has taken the plunge as is promoting a brand new regular Blues related night at West Exit, the old Crypt, in Hastings.

Under the name of ‘Basement 26′, these nights are taking place every other Monday, from 24th March.

Here’s what’s coming up, complete with Mike’s own comments:

Monday March 24th – The Dave Jackson Band
Entrance £2 – Members FREE

The Dave Jackson Band gigs all over Europe and he’s made his mark on the live Blues scene. His appearance at the 100 Club was voted in the Top 5 gigs of 2012 as well as top 5 albums of 2011 in ‘Get Ready to Rock’. There is no set list, no contrived over rehearsed renditions, only spontaneous ‘in the moment’ Blues poured from the heart and soul.

Monday April 7th – Nicky Moore and Danny Kyle – Support: Emma Harwood and Andy Neate
Entrance £2.50 – Members £1

Nicky Moore has stayed at the top of his game since the sixties. Most famed for his Blues Corporation Band (I once saw Mitch Michell and Keith Emerson playing with him) he appears at Basement 26 with Danny Kyle where they will be showcasing their latest album as well as a whole host of classic blues. Both these guys were winners in the Best Musicians / Singers 2013 category in Blues Matters.

In support you’ll a rare chance to see Emma Harwood performing her ‘Blues with Andy’ set

Monday April 21st – The Nigel Bagge Band
Entrance £2 – Members FREE

Nigel returns to the club with his fantastic bunch of musicians. These guys have worked with Chicken Shack, Desperate Dan Band, and Shakin’ Stevens.

Monday May 5th – Buick 6, with support from Scott Free
Entrance £1 – Members FREE

Buick 6 are always a treat – non-stop authentic Blues from passionate musicians who give their all.
In support we have a young band from Lewes ‘Scott Free’ making their first appearance in Hastings.
They come with recommendations from top players so I’m looking forward to welcoming them to the club.”

If you want to get free entrance to most of the gigs and 10% off food, you become a member. It’s free to join….just check out their website: www.basement26.co.uk or contact Mike via Facebook. He will then make sure you have a membership card waiting for you when you arrive at the club.

Well done to Mike for starting this regular night of music. Coming just after the recent announcement of the ‘Bare-Faced Blues’ Festival, in September, it looks like the Blues scene in Hastings is finally getting some well deserved exposure.

Buick 6 – Live Video

Our last post mentioned the ‘Bare-Faced Blues’ Festival, which is taking place over two weekends in September 2014, at Gecko Bar in St Leonards.

Read more about it here: http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/bare-faced-blues-festival/

One of the acts booked to play at ‘Bare-Faced Blues’ are Buick 6. Because of that, we thought we’d share this recent video with you. It comes from Harvey Summers’ video series ‘The Live Room’, recorded at his own Broadoak Studios.

If you don’t know of Buick 6, or have not seen them play live before, you really ought to watch this live session. It’s classy stuff.

Enjoy.

Bare-Faced Blues Festival

Hot on the heels of the news that Hastings is to have its own Folk Festival in May 2014, comes the launch of a new Blues Festival in St Leonards.

To be called ‘Bare-Faced Blues’, the festival is being organised and promoted by local man Barry Taylor. For the uninitiated, Barry is the man who booked the Sex Pistols to play on Hastings Pier back in July 1976.

‘Bare-Faced Blues’ will take place at Gecko Bar, on St Leonards seafront, on Sunday’s, 7th and 14th of September 2014. The whole event is being organised to raise funds for St Michael’s Hospice, a very worthy cause I’m sure you’d agree.

Local acts already lined up include Buick 6, King Size Slim, Goo Goos and T Chest Blues, with more to be announced.

Barry would like to hear from any local Blues based acts who are interested in playing this charity event. You can contact him via email at: barry.taylor145@gmail.com

If ‘Bare-Faced Blues’ is a success, Barry hopes to make it into an annual event to add to the Hastings musical calendar.

We wish him well.

The Live Room

I think most of us would agree that music television isn’t what it once was.

With the notable exception of ‘Later…. with Jools Holland’, there really is nothing on mainstream TV these days to compete with the likes of The Tube, Old Grey Whistle Test, or even Top Of The Pops from days gone by.

Ok, so you can watch music videos to your hearts content, but that’s not the same as seeing a band, or act, playing live is it?

Thankfully the rise of the Internet, and sites such as YouTube, has enabled budding TV executives to go it alone and do it themselves.

Once such local man doing just that is producer Harvey Summers, who we have featured on the Pierless Music site before.

Harvey has just uploaded the second recorded session, called ‘The Live Room’, to his own Broadoak Studios YouTube channel.

This live session features local bluesman John Pearson, very ably backed by The Outriders, who are Sacha Trochet and Jem Turpin. If you like a bit of authentic blues, then I suggest you give the video a viewing.

When I asked Harvey why he had started this venture he told me, “The idea had been rattling around my head for a couple of years until eventually everything came together and I was able to go ahead. My thinking was that I love seeing musicians perform, and I love a great sound!”

“Also, nice interesting visuals help and atmosphere is key also. Nothing seemed to exist to satisfy my wants! There’s Later with Jools, and Live lounge etc, but apart from being a bit corporate and exclusive, they don’t have either vibey atmospheric surroundings nor a very interesting sound”

“I also wanted to create the opportunity to showcase some of the amazing talent there is around, but that doesn’t get a look in by the mainstream media”

A man after my own heart.

The plan is for ‘The Live Room’ sessions to be recorded and uploaded as near to monthly as possible. All sessions are filmed and recorded live at Harvey’s own Broadoak Studios. The next session, which features Claire Hamill, has already been recorded and is now at the editing stage.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Claire and her doing a live session for my recent radio shows on Carnival FM and if the quality is anything as good as that, we’re in for a treat.

When asked about future shows Harvey said, “Future shows look promising too! We’ve got Jemima Price (a singer Sacha Trochet works with) and Zoe Konez is also interested. And, I’m very pleased to hear that Danny Thompson can’t wait to come and do a show with us too! And who he performs with is going to be very interesting!

“If time allows, we may do a kind of Christmas special too, featuring a few different acts. I’ll be talking to a really wide range of musicians from all styles about it, some totally unknown, some very well-known!”

As for the criteria for the sessions, Harvey’s idea “Is to go for variety, no two shows will be the same – so choosing who to feature is guided by a few things, firstly, are they interesting performers? Secondly, is the quality right up there? and then, are they different, are they saying something in a unique way?”

We wish Harvey well with this venture. It’s good to see some of our areas great musicians playing and talking about the music that they love, or that they’ve written themselves.

Here’s to many more episodes of ‘The Live Room’. I, for one, will certainly be watching.

 

Hastings Rock radio (Again)

A while ago I posted about the return of Hastings Rock radio for its 20th anniversary broadcast. Well, the start of transmission is nigh and the radio station begins broadcasting on Saturday 4th May on 87.7FM locally and across the world via an Internet stream.

You may well have read a bit more about Hastings Rock via a recent article in the Hastings Observer: http://www.hastingsobserver.co.uk/news/local-news/radio-station-is-still-rocking-after-20-years-1-5016640

Hastings Rock prides itself on playing original local music during its 28 day broadcasts and this has been happening for most, if not all, of the 15 separate broadcasts that have taken place during those 20 years. 2013 will mark the 16th actual broadcast.

As mentioned in my previous post, I will be presenting a dedicated Local Music Show on Sunday evenings, in May, between 8 & 10pm. During those shows I shall try and fit in as much local music as I can and I already have more than enough to play, but I’m always open to hearing more.

Just because Hastings Rock is a rock station doesn’t mean that I’ll only be playing classic rock music though. I tend to try and stretch the musical boundaries of the station as much as I can during my Local Music Shows. Therefore, expect to hear Blues, Folk, World and much more besides. I do have to draw the line sometimes, but I have always tried to have what I call an ‘open ear policy’ when it comes to music.

Local music is also played as a part of Hastings Rocks ‘A List’. The best tracks that have been sent in will get regular airplay during normal scheduled shows throughout the 28 days. There aren’t many, if any, other radio stations that can claim to do that.

If you miss the Local Music Shows I do intend to post them as ‘Podcasts’ here on the Pierless Music site at some time. So, keep your eyes and ears peeled for that.

For more info about Hastings Rock, why not visit the stations website:

http://www.hastingsrock.co.uk/

Andy Gunton