What’s worth seeing in January 2011

Happy New Year and what will January bring us on the gig front. It’s usually a slow month, with artists not touring or venues coming to the end of their panto runs, but there is still enough in the area to keep us occupied until it all picks up again in February / March.

Willing to venture over to Cambridge on 8th and Acoustic Routes at CB2 For Johnny Dickinson, master slide guitarist and singer from Northumberland, he also tells a great story too, on support for the evening is Jess Morgan, who DJ Steve Lamacq said of her album “Every so often you come across a little gem like this!” He could also be referring to Jess herself. It’s another 6 days before the next recommendation with Kevin Montgomery and Band (tbc) This is becoming a regular start-up gig for Empty Room Promotions and will be held at the Americana capital in the village of Tingewick nr Buckingham.

Monday 17th and a trip to the new Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury for the visit of Richard Thompson and his Band. I’ve never been to this venue so not sure what the seating arrangement is like, always a pain for me as I prefer to stand. Mr Thompson needs no introduction being founding member of Fairport Convention but now more famous as a solo singer songwriter. I’m looking forward to this one having never seen him with a band. 18th you have a couple of choices Paul Carrack at the Milton Keynes Theatre, one of the best white soul singer to come out of England, but he is elsewhere in the area over the coming months or The Burns Unit at The Stables. Listed as Scottish / Canadian super group, I managed to miss them at Cambridge Folk Festival so hope to get to see them this time around. The group includes singer Karine Polwart, King Creosote, Emma Pollock, Mattie Foulds and others and play a varied mix of folk, indie pop, rap, synth . . look you’ll have to go and see them so you know what I mean. Support on the night is from Megson husband and wife duo who sold out stage 2 of The Stables two years running and in line for best duo in the BBC folk awards, making this a must see gig. 19th and Richard Thompson Band again but this time at Cambridge Corn Exchange but the next one for me will be Madison Violet in Stage 2 of The Stables. Canadian female duo who play some great folk/Americana, this is a small venue so should sell out.

27th and if you fancy trying out Hatfield Forum then you are in for a treat with James Hunter another great white soul singer and in the vain of people like Sam Cooke and the music of that time. Friday 28th and so much to choose I’ll just name them and you can investigate what’s right for you. In Bedford at East West Promotions you have Steve Winn at The Stables they have a choice of Larry Miller or Daniela Bove. Empty Room Promotions in Buckingham for Justin Townes Earle, The Limelight Theatre in Aylesbury for a first time visit from Steve Knightly and Jim Causley, While Steve’s partners from Show Of Hands, Phil Beer and Miranda Skyes are playing Cambridge Folk Club. if you are in the far east of the region then an easy trip for you might be The Apex in Bury St Edmunds for the fabulous Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings phew! 29th and you might like a drive to The Bullingdon Arms in Oxford to see Mama Rosin a trio from Switzerland who play Cajun/Zydeco music, very different type of music for Empty Room Promotions

The month ends off with a rare visit from Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, this one has had people buzzing for a chance to see the great man of country in a small venue like The Stables, I guess a must see.

You can see what’s coming up in the next few months at www.djhimaging.com

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