On Sunday night it was the launch of new LIVE@FIVE music Sunday’s at The Penny Bank in Scunthorpe Town Centre.Continue reading Gig Review // Ramble Gamble & Momma’s Days @ Penny Bank
It’s been a while since we have had live music in the town centres on Sunday’s. But here it is…brand new Live@Five Sunday’s with live music every Sunday starting this March.Continue reading Live@Five Sunday’s
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The weekend just gone I was Invited to enjoy an evening of musical entertainment in aid of ‘Friends of Keadby & Althorpe Primary School’. The event was held at the Keadby Working Mens Club. I’d never been there before probably not somewhere most people would think of going, but it had a very nice warm and welcoming atmosphere and very reasonable drinks prices.
I’m not going to go into too much detail of all the acts as there were a few, but I will sum it up a little.
First to the stage was the Axettes, a trio of three young ladies performing an acoustic set of covers including Dolly Parton’s Jolene and Kings Of Leon. It was clear the girls were nervous but regardless they did a great job of entertaining with the aid of their solo guitar and harmonising vocals.
Next up was our very own Scunthorpe Nights writer and local musician, Nick Akester running through a set of originals with a cover thrown in. It really shows that people listen to Nicks Music and love it as they sing along. His voice is pretty powerful and he puts a lot of effort and emotion into his performance.
Lizzie Goddard stepped up to the mark next with her crowd favourites, which included her original song ‘Skint’ which she wrote based on the Channel 4 show. Lizzie has a subtle and sweet tone to her voice that people just can’t seem to get enough of.
Ramble Gamble are always an interesting composure to watch on stage with their wacky dress sense and outgoing personalities. The gang managed to get the dancing under way and got the energy going. They manage to turn covers pretty much into their own song. And they like to cover other local artists songs in their sets.
The Crash Blossoms are another new one to me, not seen these lads perform before but they delivered a very funky sound with the aid of a double bass standing tall. Some nice catchy tracks throughout the set. This band were talented in both vocal arrangement and sound but also clever with their instruments and sound.
Overall a very good night had by all and well done to the organisers. It was nice to see a full room of people listening to the music. Everyone has smiles on their faces and really seemed to be enjoying it.
Apologies for the poor photo quality it was a little dark.
Next up this weekend, our event collaboration with SMB Promotions at Cafe INDIEpendent.
I like it when a story ends where it began, comes full circle you know. On Saturday 22nd November I went to see The Hackney Colliery Band perform at Cafe INDIEpendent. Now if you have never heard of them they are, well they’re something else, a reinvention of the brass band. A brass band you can dance to. And I don’t mean dance like old folks waltzing by the bandstand in the park I mean proper, arm-waving, foot-jiving, hair all over the place kind of dancing. The support act were the very talented local band Ramble Gamble, soon to play the Great British Folk Festival. They did a full set of originals (the first time I’ve seen them do this) and they owned it. There was a very loud call for an encore (deservedly so) but they gracefully declined in deference to the act they were supporting. I overheard one person exclaim while they were performing “These are brilliant!”. From the opener Beneath The Water which stands up to any good Decemberists tale, to the raw intensity of Nobody’s Who You Think They Are, the dark irish sounding pound of Tennessee Jack and the sentimentally catchy All I Ever Wanted to name a few. These guys (and girl) have a powerful mix of original songs and I think they’ll do alright. So anyway. The Gamblers finish up, the lights go on everyone wanders back upstairs. “What time are the main act on?” “Dunno” Bit of chat. Sip of the drinks. More chat. The sound of a Trumpet from somewhere. This is how it begins. The trumpet is followed by another and then a trombone, another, a sax. A procession is coming out of the dressing room each joining in playing as they appear. What is that beast that guys playing! Its so big the pipes circle his body and the giant horn part is above his head. Is it a Tuba? I have no idea. And then some drummers. They come up to the cafe, circle, playing all the while and with a pointed finger at the stage beckon us all to come back down and watch. So we do. And they’re just awesome. They’re not dressed up, just a bunch of guys, jeans and t-shirts but their playing isn’t casual, its packed full of energy and talent. Their own compositions are modern and vital. I think their latest release is called A Bit Of Common Decency (check it out see link). Their covers are well chosen and enjoyably diverse. There’s some Kanye, some Adele, and The Prodigy, yeah Outer Space played by a brass band amazing! This is looking like another plaudit for Cafe Indie, who’s list of great gigs is just getting longer and longer. There are ensembles, solos and jazzy parts, some trance sounds played on a tablet, the snare drummer losing his mind (in a good way). They do No Diggety, folks are all jumping around. Each musician has a little bit of their own to play. And you know that beast I mentioned, it was a sousaphone, it was the thrumming bass line throughout, have you ever heard a sousaphone solo? You haven’t lived until you have. They finished up and of course they got an encore. It was heralded by a trumpeter who had snuck to the back and jumped on a chair. They all came back on and brought the house down. And then they’re off the stage into the crowd playing Toto’s Africa. And they’re leading us back upstairs to the cafe. This is definietely one of the coolest gigs I’ve been to I reckon, I would highly recommend you go see them. And thats where it comes to a glorious end, all of us mixing together playing and clapping and dancing back where we all started. I like it when a story ends where it began, comes full circle you know. Nick
On Saturday 12th April 2014 an evening of live music and entertainment was held at the Wortley House Hotel in the memory of Michael White to raise money for The Child of the Year Awards – a charity event that will be held in august. The evening was well organised by Vicky Barratt and Michael’s mum Tina Waring, and there was a fantastic turnout with 175 tickets sold. In total £948.28 was raised with £228 of this coming from a raffle on the evening (a proportion of the raffle money will be going to another of Vicky’s charities the Lincolnshire Air Ambulance.)
The evening began with Mr. Jonny Lavin taking the stage for a few songs, followed by another local singer/songwriter the lovely Sian Hart, and then a third in the shape of Mr. Matt Hercock. Next up Martin Morgan, (a man who embodies entertainment), made his showbiz entrance before he performed a few numbers in his own rather unique style. After this, as if by magic Jonny, Matt and Sian combined to become lively folk act Ramble Gamble, jollying up the room with a great mix of covers and their own songs whilst Martin hilariously vogued and frolicked about the dance-floor like a welsh Disco Stu. This man has his own Martin The Movie coming out would you believe. Keep an eye out for Ramble Gamble‘s soon to be forthcoming EP as well. Ollie Joe Griffiths from Wrawby was next. He had a fantastic voice and when requested to play his version of Mr Brightside, in the words of his fans, “He smashed It”. A beatbox act that has performed with Mary J Blige was next to take to the open floor, rather than the stage, Beatbox Drase & Babyface from Manchester. A talented pair who have just released their own single “Dutty” available to buy. Headlining the evening were Box Pavilion who rocked right from their opening with Dani California all the way to there last song Wonderwall, a song which had a special meaning to friends of Michael. All in all a very enjoyable evening that it was obvious a lot of effort had gone into. You could tell from the décor, the personal touches of sweets and goodies on the tables, to great line up of entertainment, that it meant a lot to the organisers that it was done right. And it was. Can’t wait for the next one.
A DVD/CD of the evening is available from firstname.lastname@example.org for just £5. All sales will be added to the running total of funds already raised.
Very Special Thanks from Vicky and Tina go out to the following sponsors:-
The Wortley House Hotel – For their continued and future support and for kindly accommodating the evening
Britannia Bar & NightClub – For helping, promote and support the event and for kindly donating £250
Sam Broadbent – Sam MC’d, did the sound, designed the posters and generally worked very hard to make the evening a success
Visio Clothing – Sam’s very own and very popular clothing label sponsored and donated raffle prizes for the evening
Sam Bramham and Ginger Whinger Discos – For supplying the sound equipment giving his time and making sure it sounded just right.
Josh Clarke & Red Sky
Productions – For working non stop after a long day to help document and capture the spirit of the evening.
(Also raffle prizes were donated by the following (Trent Valley Gliding Club, Paul Gordon Hair Salon, Pipers crisps, Fallen Hero, Sincerity by Jules, Morrisons, The Anchor Beefeater pub, The Whistle and Flute and many more…)
Article by N.Akester