**UPDATE – We’re really sorry but we’ve had to pull out of tonight through illness. Please do still go along anyway – it’ll still be lovely**
Everyone survived Christmas, we hope? We’re suffering a nasty drum infection, but we’re aiming for normal service in time for Sunday when we’ll be playing at the first Brighton Folk of the year.
For those who don’t know it, it’s a regular folk and acoustic night hosted by singer/songwriter Amy Hill, usually on the third Sunday of the month at the Brunswick in Hove. This month it’s a week early, on Sunday 13th Jan.
It’s less than a week until our Christmas gig at Lewes’ lovely Buttercup Cafe, and we’re thrilled to announce that Chris T-T will be our special guest. Although he’s lived in the area for a decade, this will be Chris’ first ever Lewes performance. It should be a special evening.
For those who don’t know the Buttercup – host to our August launch for Eucatastrophe – it’s an intimate, friendly venue with lovely acoustics and great food. Claire will be serving her delicious mezze plates ‘with a Christmas twist’, so make sure you turn up hungry!
Incidentally, if you’re looking for other gigs in the run-up to Christmas, head along to what might be Chris T-T’s last performance of Disobedience. It’s an all-ages show in which Chris sets the words of A.A. Milne to his own music. It’s the afternoon of the following Saturday (22nd) in Brighton, and it’ll be quite, quite lovely.
Sorry but this is now sold out. Numbers are strictly limited and there are no tickets on the door, so please don’t turn up without one. Our next gig is at Brighton Folk on January 13th – see the listings over to the right ->
The other night, over post-practice pints in the Lewes Arms, we got talking silly Sussex band names.
Best / worst so far:
Dirty Three Bridges
Frankie Goes To Hollingdean
Bonnie Prince Billingshurst
Wu Tangmere Clan
Rodmell & Kim
Everything But The Firle
Nick Haywards Heath
Ten Polegate Tudor
Recently we’ve got into a bit of a thing with reading various musical non-fiction. It accidentally started when I bought It’s Lovely to be Here, James Yorkston’s notes from 10 years of gigging, and it ended up getting passed around the band.
James’ writing is similar to his lyrics and narration; amusing, honest, gently self-mocking. The book’s great, and it appears to have cemented JY in the band’s affections – even if he did tell Charlie’s moothie to feck off.
Currently doing the rounds is The Glamour Chase, Tom Doyle’s biography of the eclectic, mercurial and sadly departed Billy MacKenzie. I didn’t know much about MacKenzie, being a bit young for the Associates in their time, but a corner of my head is forever reverberating to Party Fears Two; possibly the weirdest and most brilliant hit single ever. Reading this was partly an (unsuccessful) attempt to exorcise this glorious earworm.
Matthew’s first contribution to Band Book Club is Alanna Nash’s The Colonel, which tells the story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis. Again, don’t know much about Elvis – don’t like his music much – but the shadowy Colonel sounds far more intriguing. Looking forward to finding out more, thangyouverymuch.