After a long summer break, we were back this weekend gone, with two shows run by local musicians before beginning the promotion run in for Decade and Jonah Matranga.
Friday night saw Barney Goodall bid farewell to Devizes, before heading back to Liverpool to finish the last year of his course. Good luck Barney and all who sail in him.
That night featured a number of impromptu performances from member of the audience, including local Jazz singer, Linda Nordlund and regular theatre performer Chris Palmer in Barney’s set. There was also a breath taking set from Luke De-Sciscio. Which is a regular occurrence from the young lad now.
Saturday night was daddy Lamb, aka Tim Henly’s 50th birthday and possibly the UK’s crassest performer, Kunt And The Gang, head up The Lamb.
Naturally Kunt was in fine fettle, with his new songs possibly going to another depth of depravity (Our Youtube video is to follow…) Needless to say, what happened in that room, stays in that room.
And what a room. Jonn King has worked tirelessly to re-imagine the performance space. He offered me a 100 and 1 different ideas, and I think we’ve managed to get the best out of the room now – If you’re interested, head over to the Facebook page HERE, and take a look at the gallery.
However, the weekend wasn’t where it all started. Thursday night I made a 4 hour round trip to Bristol (yes, 4 hours. I hate driving round Bristol. It’s traffic is enough to test even the best of patiences.) to record a 20 minute interview with Rich and Sam of BBC West Introducing.
I haven’t really had much to do with those fella’s since the shake up of the Wiltshire Introducing, despite my best attempts. So I took 10 years worth of my posters, reviews and general press cuttings to prove to them what I’m about. I’m glad I did, as we pawed over them at great length and had much mutual love for many south-west bands, with Safetyword coming out near the top.
This interview will be aired on Saturday 27th September, from 8pm. Listen to the whole session as there will be some ace music, a sessionist (not sure who yet) and maybe even a rare Safetyword plug and play! You will find all sorts of opinions on what’s happening with the Swindon scene and where it’s all heading.
Friday was Frank Turner in Bath. I met a whole bunch of gig friends before hand at The Nest. We drank, were merry and had a good sing song. We discussed Moles still seemingly far off re-opening, mourned a lost friend and agreed it was probably the hottest gig we’ve ever been to. Bath Pavillions need some air-conditioning.
All in all, it’s good to be back. Focussed on the upcoming Decade gig in Swindon (Tickets HERE and HERE) having a genuine bona fide musical legend in Jonah Matranga coming to Devizes and looking forward to announcing the Xmas party show.
So here’s to the underground music scene, all who make it a great place. Cheers.
Decade perform at Swindon’s Level 3 on Thursday 2nd October. This is a 14+ show. Tickets available on door.
Jonah Matranga (Far / Onelinedrawing) performs at The Lamb, Devizes on Friday 3rd October. That will be a 16+ show. Tickets available on door.