Local Music News – June 2013

Here’s my latest column for the Hastings Observer, which was printed in their June 7th edition.

“This months column is going to have a distinct radio theme I’m afraid as that’s what I’ve been doing with myself for much of the month of May. Hastings Rock radio may now be gone from your radio dials once again, but if original local music is your thing you can still hear the four dedicated Local Music Shows that I presented for the station. You can find them all at: http://www.mixcloud.com/HastingsRock/

I had some great feedback about these shows, so I hope that you’ll enjoy them too. You’ll find a great variety of local musical talent within the shows & much that you may not have heard before & hopefully something to make you want to search out any local gigs by the acts. Enjoy.

In other local radio news, Carnival FM will be back on the air for Hastings Old Town Carnival Week (1st to 11th August) and I will presenting a Local Music Show for the station on weekdays between 6 & 8pm. These shows will be featuring live studio sessions from original local acts, as they proved very popular last year. Find out more at: http://www.carnivalfm.co.uk/

One other piece of good news is that the annual RNLI Beach Concerts will thankfully be taking place this year, after some financial concerns. They will be on Saturday & Sunday, 3rd & 4th August.  Let’s hope that summer has finally arrived by then.

Andy Gunton,

Pierless Music & Hastings Rock”

(See our previous post about news of the acts appearing at this years RNLI Hastings Beach Concerts: http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/hastings-beach-concert-line-up/)

Local Music News – April 2013

I mentioned not long ago that I was going to be writing a monthly Local Music News column for the Hastings Observer.

Well, the first and introductory column was published in March and the second appeared a week ago.

With the agreement of the Hastings Observer I shall be reposting those columns here, after a suitable pause.

So, without further delay here is my column for April:

“Two new albums by local tunesmiths and with a connection too, have come my way this month. Both are very worthy of your attention.

The first by Otti Albietz, Bubbytone 2, is released on BBE Records. I was lucky enough to attend the album launch gig at St Mary-in-the-Castle. An evening filled with great music and huge cardboard cut-outs.

Otti Albietz is one of those unique local talents that deserves wider attention and Bubbytone 2 demonstrates exactly why.

Bubbytone 2 is produced by Harvey Summers, who just happens to have recently released his own latest solo album Jupiter, which is already getting BBC radio play and quite rightly so. You always know that anything Harvey is involved with will sound great and Jupiter is no exception. The album is released on Big Village Records.

Tracks from both Bubbytone 2 and Jupiter are certain to be played on Hastings Rock radio which returns to the local airwaves again (87.7FM) on May 4.

As in previous years I will be presenting a local music show on the station. So, if you’re in a local band and want to hear yourselves on the radio contact me via: andygunton@hotmail.com

All music must be original material, contain no swearing and be of broadcast quality.

Finally, The Garry Blakeley Band return for some local gigs just in time for the May Day festivities. Entitled Celebrate, the shows are in two parts. The first half is based around a day in the life of Thomas Hardy and the second is a rendition of Garry and Rose Blakeley’s The Ceremony of May album, which is a celebration of Jack-in-the-Green. Very appropriate. Local dates are; April 25/26 at Stables Theatre, Hastings, April 28 at Rye Community Centre.

More info can be found at: www.garryblakeley.co.uk

See you again next month.

Andy Gunton