Devizes does it 3 times!

Last night was quite a special night in Devizes, little did we all know but we were in the middle of a 3 way tug-of-war for audience from 3 quality gigs, something I would usually want to avoid like the plague!

Ian Hopkins, our blues stalwart had The Strawbs at the Long Street Blues Club, Ian James has Badness and an 80’s night at the Corn Exchange, where as Sheer Music had Jon Amor and Rhiannon Mair in at The Lamb

All three gigs were effectively sold out, as Devizes proved that regular or indeed overlapping live music need not be a bad thing, or an hindrance, provided the entertainment on offer is good quality! (I say effectively, since my show was free entry, and so can’t really sell out)

All the big guns were out, we had “Big Nose Ken” Ansted, photographer extraordinaire managed to make two of the shows, Crammer Magazine scribe Chris Palmer made all 3(!) and that dude we keep seeing dancing strangely at any event that’ll allow, made the spot in front of the log fire, his own. 

Sorry for the bi-polar effect of James Brown’s Get On Up, getting played immediately as Barney Goodall finished. Barney showed poise and technical ability in his first outing for me on Piano. I love the guy, he just needs to play some happier / story songs that I know and love him for! 

Chris Worthy admits he essentially plays the same set each time, just in a different order. It’s always a pleasure to see him and Lucie out, and as Drinking Tiles proves, Chris’s old Soulswitch songs are as good as any songs Devizes musicians have produced, they’re also standing the test of time!

Rhiannon Mair absolutely stormed her 3rd Devizes performance. True to form, we have managed to build up her fan base locally and the applause she got at the end of her set was the loudest I’ve seen in The Lamb. Sorry she didn’t get chance for an encore after you begged so much – but never fear, she will be returning to Devizes in August for Party In The Park. You heard it here first!

This night had it all, eclectic music, great banter (Hey Jon, sniff your mic!) a rendition of the Top Gear Theme, a bit of Jon’s multi layering up of sound to create his backing band, before whipping out the old electric to shred the best blues you’ll hear a white man play, and this ladies and gents is why Jon is so highly regarded, because he is an absolute talent! 

On another positive note, last night was the first we had the function room bar open at a gig, and it was a welcome addition to the atmosphere, as it feels we have an entire separate, self contained venue now. The Lamb surely has to be the best venue around for this sort of thing? Be sure to come to the next show to indulge in the atmosphere!


Crammer 9 Fanzine available NOW!

Local Luddite and fanzine writer, Chris Palmer – has released issue 9 of the monthly arts, music and business fanzine CRAMMER

Still costing less than a Snickers, this months issue comes with reviews of Antonio Lulic and The Pink Torpedoes shows in Devizes last month, along with a preview of current Wharf Theatre production “Her Naked Skin“, which features one Matthew Corbett.

There’s the usual ranting and raving from various members of the local scene – Ian Hopkins does a nice bit on Long Street Blues Club, and Mark Smallman of Mick Jogger / Rolling Zones gets 10 questions shot at him. 

In fact, I’m rather impressed he manages to find so much to say and talk about the Devizes Music and Arts scene!

Pick it up form Devizes books today, it’s only 50p.

Oh, and here’s a video of The Computers at Sound Knowledge in Marlborough last Tuesdsay

Promoting a show in Devizes + beyond


I’ve just stumbled across an interesting read on a Facebook page entitled, the Devizes Debate, where some locals have started talking about the music scene in Devizes. 

Some lovely supporting comments made from friends of mine, but interestingly as an organiser, PA hirer, stage manager and promoter for 300+ gigs in past 9 years, point of view, it was the comments about “lack of knowledge” of the local scene which struck me the most.

Let me tell you a very brief story – Back in 2011 I put on local blues legend, Jon Amor, at The Lamb in Devizes. The poster designed for the show was of Sardines in a can, and represented the fact the venue is so busy on gigs nights, we are crammed in like Sardines. 

I stood at the front of the show, room full of people, and over the PA I shout “DID ANYONE SEE THE POSTER?!” expecting people to laugh at my jovial jab at the size of The Lamb, and the awesome nature of our gigs. What I got was mute silence and a little cough and tumble weed.

SO, what do you have to do to promote a show? 

Certainly I never replied on simply sticking up a few posters. (I went down from 50 A4’s back in 2010 to 20 A4’s and now deal in better quality posters and images, full colour A3’s but tend to only do a handful – directly relating to the success a poster in a shop!) 

I have a fantastic relationship with Alison Philips of the Gazette and Herald, who has previewed and reviewed my shows over the past 3 years. I even bought her flowers and chocolate to show my, genuine appreciation. We have excellent fanzines like The Ocelot and recently Crammer who run features and listings for us. 

We live in the digital age, so why stop there? There was Facebook pages, and groups – like mine >Sheer Music< advertising she show, websites such as ents24, Allgigs,  and even apps for smart phones like SONG KICK – (a massive suggestion to EVERYONE to use this free app – simply and straight forwardly, the best live music listings app there is. End of. No debate.)

So if you are completely unaware of my gigs in Devizes – HOW have you managed to not stumbled across one? I mean, if you’ve had teenage children during the time frame of 2004 to 2013 – then they certainly will of known or been to one of my gigs, which means by proxy you might of heard of them? 

Anyway, I’m not fussed – There is now a much larger scene now than there ever has been. I’m not being shy, or arrogant, or modest, or anything when I state, that in 2004 the scene was dead. 

Devizes Festival was great, as it always is. And there were those involved with that, who did other functions. But the scene we have now didn’t exist in any shape or form. I know I have helped in many ways, people like Devizes Festival, and helped shape the music in Devizes. 

SO how can anyone not know about Devizes music?

I believe it’s as simple as this. People Don’t Look For It.

Even more simply, it’s there – it has been for ages, we’ve had really good turn outs and supports for shows – so I am genuinely baffled and amazed that anyone can lay claim that they don’t know about music in Devizes! 

Even if you don’t drink socially or go out and see music, you will know someone who does. Even if you don’t follow music listings websites, you probably read the gazette. If you do neither, you must be on facebook? Or have kids or friends in bands, or be a musicians yourself! 

Anyway, if you’re new to Devizes Music Scene, hop onto any of the links highlighted in red above, join in the fun and experience live music of a high industry standard – and more importantly – TELL PEOPLE ABOUT IT! 

SN10 – Facebook page

Sheer-Music – Facebook page

Long street blues club – Facebook page 

Wiltshire Music Scene – Facebook page

Southgate Inn Facepage 

Please also take time to check out (and google), Bear Hotel Jazz Club, Bell By The Green, Ronnie Swift’s shows, Fantasy Radio, The Ocelot, Gareth Nicholas etc and everything else in between! 

That’s it I’m done. I’m off to update with my gigs listings, and the Devizes Calender, and allgigs and ents…………….


Sheer @ Lamb (Devizes) by Kieran Moore