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

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.

Big Green Cardigan Festival

The kids are on their way back to school and the Summer is nearly over, but there’s still time to sneak in just one more music festival before the onset of Autumn.

Appropriately enough, seeing as the weather is cooling down, I’m talking about the Big Green Cardigan Festival, which takes place in nearby Cripps Corner on the weekend of 6th-8th September 2013.

This will be the 3rd year that this small and intimate festival, which prides itself on having no musical policy, will take place.
Therefore, you are likely to hear blues, prog rock, folk, sea shanties, gypsy swing and much more over the three days.

More info can be found on the Big Green Cardigan website at:
http://www.biggreencardigan.co.uk/

Mick Hoad, one of the organisers of the festival told me “We are definitely not The Black Horse Festival, but have more in common with that much loved festival than most of the local festival scene, due to our policy of booking critically acclaimed artists, mixed with local talent who perform their own material.
The Big Green Cardigan is really an old school festival with no gimmicks. It is a festival for music lovers where the audience is genuinely interested in listening to the acts.”

So, apart from hearing and seeing artists from as far afield as the USA, Belgium and Australia, you can also expect to see local favourites such as Buick 6, Expandis and Titus.

One of the highlights must surely be the return, after over 30 years, of local prog rockers Stallion. As mentioned in a previous post, they are playing on Friday 6th September. Read that post here: http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/stallion-ride-again/

More reasons to attend include local real ales such as Green Cardigan Ale, especially brewed for the festival by Full Moon Brewery from Henley Down. There is also camping available, so you don’t have to bother driving home again afterwards. There’s a food area with sensible prices and enough clean toilets to go round too. That makes a refreshing change doesn’t it?

Please note though that The Big Green Cardigan Festival is not geared towards families. With that in mind there is no admittance for persons under 14.

If this sounds like your kind of festival, tickets are available from www.biggreencardigan.co.uk, Hastings Tourist Information Centre & the Kings Head in Battle.

Don’t worry Summer isn’t over just yet.