Off Axis with Dorey The Wise

Another Stinger related post, or maybe it’s just that the magazine times these things well?

This Friday, 14th November at Flairz in Hastings, the first Off Axis gig in the South East takes place.

Headliners are Dorey the Wise who were featured in the latest issue of The Stinger and who played an Off Axis gig themselves recently in Chester. Read that article here:

http://www.thestinger.org.uk/article/545b7740568463a4058f0264#.VF-krIdwYvo

For the uninitiated, Off Axis is a new and exciting gig swap idea which allows bands from across the country to play gigs to potential new fans, outside of their own local area.

Off Axis is an idea that is fully supported by Pierless Music, The Stinger and also Hastings Fat Tuesday. The Stinger has already covered Off Axis in the magazine and we hope to be working closely with the Off Axis team in the near future.

We’d certainly urge Hastings based bands to get involved, as its free to sign up. For more information about Off Axis follow this link:

http://livemusicexchange.org/blog/un-convention-off-axis-network-jeff-thompson/

Dorey The Wise are currently enjoying some great exposure. The band recently released a new single ‘Brave New Light’, which has come to the attention of Amazing Radio DJ, Charlie Ashcroft, who said “I absolutely love it, (it’s) one of those tracks that seems to have a certain Britishness to it, a track that’s impressed a lot of us in the Amazing Radio office.”

‘Brave New Light’ was also played on BBC Introducing: The South, last Saturday. You can hear that show via this link. Dorey The Wise are played around the 10 minute mark:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p029rn16

Support acts for this Off Axis gig are a new local band, Follow and The Floodgates, who hail from the Tunbridge Wells area.

It promises to be a great gig, hopefully we’ll see you there?

(Dorey The Wise photo by Pat Pope: http://www.patpope.com/)

Keep Hastings Weird!

As you may well know, Pierless Music has connections with The Stinger magazine, which is soon to bring out its 5th issue.

Well, here’s a post that was written for that 5th issue, but which got squeezed out in the final editing process. We thought we’d share it with you here, as we felt it would be a pity to ‘waste’ it.

So, here you go:

“As we’ve been trying to reach out to the local music scene’s in other areas, via The Stinger magazine, a not too surprising realisation has come to me.
We really are spoilt for choice, both musically and culturally, in the Hastings area. I’m sure many of you are now thinking, “we knew that already Andy”. I know, but please bare with me.

I’ve only got to think back to all of the festivals and events that The Stinger has previewed during our first five issues to reinforce that. We haven’t covered everything either, as some events haven’t fallen right for our publication dates.
And the sheer breadth of all these events is quite something too. From Blues to Jazz, from Sea Shanties to Seafood and Wine, from Beach Concerts to Beer Festivals, there really is something for everyone in this town.

In this issue (Issue 5, out very soon) we are covering the local music scene (specifically The Forum) in Tunbridge Wells, a town of around 100,000 people. Yes, Tunbridge Wells houses one of the best live music venues in the country, The Forum itself, a venue we’re very lucky to have on our relative doorstep. The town also has an annual mini music festival called ‘Local and Live’ and some other regular music venues too, but there appears to be nothing that compares to the variety and amount of events that we can boast here (I’m very happy to be corrected on this point by the way, if somebody knows better)

Another aspect is the amount of musicians, bands and acts that live and perform in Hastings. As we all know, every night of the week there is something musical going on within the town. This is something that most musicians who move to the area comment on, they just can’t believe it. It’s why so many of them stay here.

Why is this? I guess that’s the $64,000 question isn’t it?

I saw a piece of local street art recently, during yet another festival, Coastal Currents. It read “Keep Hastings Weird”, maybe that sums it up?

Is it that quirky nature, that we seem to revel in here, that makes Hastings such a vibrant and productive town? We tend to pride ourselves on being just a little bit different to everyone else, don’t we?
Why else would we all dress up as Pirates, adorn ourselves with garlands of leaves and daub our faces with green or black paint, depending on the season?

Hastings likes nothing better than accentuating all that makes the town different to anywhere else. Maybe that’s why we attract all those creative and artistic people in the first place? We draw them in like a magnet, with our strange ways and a realisation that in Hastings they can just be themselves and nobody will care, or bat an eyelid.

So, be very thankful of what we have here and don’t ever become complacent about it, as I obviously was until reminded otherwise.

Celebrate and support your local music, arts and cultural scene. There really is nothing like it anywhere else. Let’s make sure we keep it that way.

Keep Hastings Weird!”

Andy Gunton

100 Not Out

On Thursday, 2nd October in Hastings, Tara Reddy, Tim Barton and Simon Mouatt (plus friends) are together hosting two events to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the publication of Robert Tressell’s ‘Ragged Trousered Philanthropists’ and its subsequent impact on socialism in Britain.

(‘Ragged Trousered Philanthropists’ was famously set in the fictional town of Mugsborough, which was modelled on Robert Tressell’s hometown of Hastings. Tressell was a sign writer here and examples of his his work can still be seen by the eagle eyed.

Sadly, Robert Tressell died in 1911, before the publication of ‘Ragged Trousered Philanthropists’)

Events on this day of celebration will include live music, mini-talks, a book-stall, performance poetry, story-telling, a photographic display of key events and a performance by the well known socialist poet Attila the Stockbroker.

In the afternoon, at the Urban BBQ in Robertson St (2-6pm), there will be readings from Tim Barton, Bryan MacMahon (author of ’Robert Tressell, Dubliner’), story-telling, acoustic music and a bookstall.

The evenings entertainment at The Carlisle (7pm to midnight) will begin with local singer/songwriter Tom Cole, followed by National Blues Award winner (2014) King Size Slim, the legendary Tymon Dogg and the aforementioned Attila the Stockbroker. There will also be contributions from Professor of Economics Nick Potts, Martin Chomsky (author of ‘RTP Downsized’), Selena Saliva (poet), the local Tressell Society and Chopper (DJ).

The evening will be compered by David Francis and will close with the Brighton-based punk band Pig City Angels. It sounds like a great evening of varied entertainment.

Both events will be non-ticketed (i.e. free) in order to encourage a larger audience, although individual donations to meet event expenses will be welcomed.

The events are planned to coincide with the launch of a Hastings campaign, headed by Tara Reddy, to install a permanent statue of Robert Tressell in the town. Which sounds like a great idea to us and one that is long overdue as well.

Further information will be given on the day and there will be an opportunity to sign up for the memorial campaign as well.

Trevor Moss and Hannah Lou

There have been many instances of musicians moving to the Hastings area in recent years. In fact I heard of another well known name, who’s just moved here, only the other day. I’ll leave you in suspense as to who it is….

One act who do now call St Leonards On Sea their home are husband and wife duo Trevor Moss and Hannah Lou. Having said that, they don’t seem to spend a lot of time in their new hometown, as they’ve been touring almost non-stop, with more dates to come in the near future.
In fact they have, literally, just returned from a tour of the USA and Europe with Tori Amos.

In October they go out on tour again, this time in the UK, supporting Danny and The Champions of the World.

If you want to see and hear why they are in such demand as a support act, they have a hometown gig this Sunday, 31st August at the Masonic Hall in St Leonards On Sea. On this occasion they will be the main act, supported by Dan Whitehouse.
I’ve not see Trevor Moss and Hannah Lou live myself, so will certainly be there for this gig. I did however play tracks from their 2012 album ‘La Ferme De Fontenaille’ on both Hastings Rock and Carnival FM recently and can heartily recommend that.

If all the musicians who decide to move to our area are in same class as Trevor Moss and Hannah Lou, I say keep ‘em coming.

Andy Gunton.

Location, Location, Location

We posted an article a while ago about music videos that had been made in Hastings. You can find it here: http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/six-great-hastings-pier-music-videos/

Well, another one has now come to our attention, although this time it was filmed at Pett Level.

It features Kaiser Chiefs and is of their new single ‘My Life’, which comes from their most recent album ‘Education, Education, Education and War’.

See what you think.

What a great spot to make a video.

Let’s hope that many more acts follow in Kaiser Chiefs footsteps and use the Hastings area as their music video location.

If they do, we’ll be sure to let you know.

PS: We’ve just remembered a couple more locally filmed music videos.

First off are Skinny Lister and ‘If The Gaff Don’t Let Us Down’, filmed on Hastings beach and in the sea too. Brrrrr…

And who could forget David Bowie’s ‘Ashes To Ashes’, famously shot at Ecclesbourne Glen, between Hastings and Fairlight.

Anymore?

Carnival FM 2014

Hastings Old Town Carnival Week is upon us once again. In recent years that has also meant that the Old Town get’s its very own radio station and this year is no exception.

Carnival FM is already broadcasting on 87.9FM locally and also online via their website at: http://carnivalfm.co.uk/

The radio station is on air until midnight on Sunday, 3rd August, so why not tune in?

As in previous years, I shall be presenting a dedicated Local Music Show on weekday evenings between 6 and 8pm, Monday 28th July to Friday 1st August.

During these shows I shall be having live sessions and doing interviews with local acts in the Carnival FM studio. These sessions will go out live, they will also be filmed and recorded for future broadcasting.

Acts already booked to come into the studio are as follows. Please be aware that these may be subject to change:

Monday, 28th July: Skinny Lister + The Tabs

Tuesday, 29th July: Louis Turpin and Roger Hubbard + The Moors

Wednesday, 30th July: The Piercings

Thursday, 31st July: Harry Osborne + Otti Albietz

Friday, 1st August: Titus + Buddha Triangle.

I’m certainly looking forward to seeing and hearing all of these acts and I’m sure I’ve whetted your appetite too.

I hope to have the pleasure of your company next week.

Andy Gunton

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

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.

 

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