No sooner than the last remnants of the August Bank holiday festivals are still ringing in the ears, September has arrived and so it’s back indoors for some music, so lets see what the first week has in store for us in the area.
Well 2nd, 3rd and 4th you can actually still stay outside for the Summer Fayre in Bedford’s Priory Park, with lots of local acts including favourites Pearl Handled Revolver, Rebecca De Winter, Kito Take and Silver Brazilians to name just a very few and it’s all free too. Another reason to stay outside is the annual Marston Moretaine Woodworks festival, £5 each day for the whole show and includes some music contributions from The Old Dance School, Blair Dunlop (Son of Ashley Hutchings) Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby you can also expect a bit of Morris dancing from Hemlock Morris.
Later in the evening of the 4th and for opening night at Hitchin Folk Club, they have a Songwriters Circle with Boo Hewerdine, Emily Slade and Brooks Williams. After forming a band The Bible in the 1980′s with a top 10 album Walking the Ghost Back Home. After leaving the band to pursue a solo career he me up and collaborated with US songwriter Darden Smith. Hewerdene prolific song writing brought him to the attention other artist and contributed to albums by Clive Gregson , Christine Collister and Eddi Reader, who he still regularly tours with and writer of the fans favourite sing along “Patience of Angels”. He also maintains one of the funniest blogs on the net. Emily Slade has had a long sabbatical, opting to raise a family instead, though she still finds time to perform at shows and festival when she can. Only three albums to her name and her last was released in 2003, but it does contain one of my favourite tracks her self composed “I need an Angel” and exquisite vocals, you can’t help but think if this was covered by an established singer it would be a big hit. Emily is also a great guitar player too being influenced by Books Williams also help. Georgia USA native but now resident in Cambridge, Brooks is that cross over of Blues and Americana and is listed in the top 100 great acoustic guitar players, so this should be a great opening night.
Monday 5th with Jethro Tull long sold out at The Stables you’ll have to move to the 6th for a visit to see Gordon Giltrap instead. 7th and the regular Wind Down Wednesday session at Holy’s Moly’s at Esquires in Bedford with a blues evening with Kerry Hodgkin.
Thursday 8th and it’s all dependent where you are and what you want to listen to. The Stables has Southern Tenant Folk, a trip to Cambridge is on the cards if Duran Duran in Junction One is your thing, which is Junction 2 it’s brother of Christy Moore, Luka Bloom (I often wondered why they don’t have the same name, but if you read Wikipedia they explain he used the pseudonym Luka from the Suzanne Vega song of the same name and Bloom the main character in James Joyce’s Ulysses but don’t blame me if that’s not the answer in the next pub quiz) I might opt for a trip up the motorway to Northampton’s Royal and Dernegate for The Martin Simpson Band instead.
Friday 9th see Elio Pace Band at The Stables, while in Stage 2 they have Cara Luft, who I’ve still not seen due to clashes with other gigs. I have to give a mention to the group KAN who are playing in Chipping Norton, a little out of the area but I was willing to drive over after enjoying their show at Hitchin Folk Club last year. Instead we have our first show at Empty Room Promotions of the season and what is becoming a regular opener for us in the form of Sam Baker and this time as a double header and first time visit from Betty Soo. It’s a 7pm doors at The Radcliffe Centre in Buckingham.
Saturday 10th and you might have to paint that marker pen across your face for the visit of Adam Ant to Bedford Corn Exchange, dress up in flares and spandex for Shakatak at The Stables or just come as you are to The Radcliffe Centre again for the second show from Empty Room Promotions and this time just sit and be amazed by the array of instruments on stage from gutbucket bass, accordion, clarinet, banjo, dobro, guitar, to electric bass, glockenspiel, piano, harmonica, bicycle bells, drums and more, no the orchestra has not arrived in town it’s just Po’Girl the Canadian quartet who cross styles of Country, Folk and Jazz. In support there will be Tasmanian singer Ange Boxall
So a busy week ahead if you want to fit it all in