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01/07/16: Poole Harbour Festival

Poole Harbour Festival

Saturday 30, Sunday 31 July

Baiter Park, Poole

Music and more by the sea

Dorset’s newest family event, Poole Harbour Festival promises to hit all the right notes with a unique blend of the best live music and some of the tastiest street food in the county.

The two-day fun fest on Poole’s beautiful Baiter Park offers a full weekend’s entertainment for all the family with a stunning bill of the UK’s top tribute acts as well as the best local bands. Also on the menu is a mouth-watering array of artisan-produced international street foods, many created using the finest locally sourced ingredients.

Add in a full range of free children’s entertainment, eco-art and craft workshops, circus skills and a family fire show, not to mention a full bar that’s well stocked with local craft beers and ciders and you have the perfect recipe for the ultimate family weekend.

“We wanted to do something the whole family can enjoy together, that doesn’t finish too late but gives everyone a great day and a fun-packed night out,” says Poole Harbour Festival organiser Ben Dyas.

By day children’s characters including Peppa Pig, the Minions and Elsa from Frozen will roam the festival site making sure young revellers are having a fine time. The live music programme gets underway around lunchtime each day and will run on two stages until 10pm on Saturday and 9pm on Sunday.

Topping the bill are critically acclaimed tribute bands Oasish, Stereotonics, the Really Hot Chili Peppers and The Jilted Generation whose Prodigy-praising act comes fresh from the Isle of Wight Festival.

Other confirmed main stage acts include Black Water County, Saints of Sin, Remedy Sounds, SN Dubstation and Lady Winwood’s Maggot. The second stage will feature the Mother Ukers, Matt Black, Lewis Jordan Brown and Rock ’n’ Blues Co.

Advance tickets are on sale now, priced £5 (£3 kids, £13 family). Under 5s free.

To book please visit



Musical trailblazers Shaun Buswell & Erik Nyberg are set to take their latest musical challenge on tour in 10 different locations across England & Scotland. They’ve completed challenges to create pop-up orchestras at Glastonbury Festival, Edinburgh Festival, for Decca records and even a 70-piece orchestra from musicians met on the London Underground.

During June 2016, Shaun & Erik will be attempting to create pop-up orchestras from random strangers around the UK, getting them to play a mix of popular TV/movie themes & original music, as well as performing with local special guests & bands. To complete the challenge they have to play with 150 different musicians over the 10 days.

Each show will see Shaun deliver a hilarious and heartbreaking interactive presentation about the kindness of strangers, that’s a mix between a comedy talk and a motivational speech, followed by a live musical performance from a local special guest. The night culminates with the results of their hard work - a special pop-up orchestra concert at the end of each show, from various musicians they’ve gathered from the local area. In true interactive style, members of the audience choose the songs performed by spinning a wheel at random, making each night truly unique. The finale is the special guest joining the orchestra for an exclusive orchestral rendition of one of their songs.

“Beautiful music” - BBC News

“Sent shivers down my spine.” - The Independent

“The result is truly magical. The creation of sound right in front of your eyes is something truly special.” – Louder Than War

"This is the best thing ever!" - Glastonbury festival Glade stage

“Buswell & Nyberg’s 10 Day Orchestra Challenge” tour takes place from 1st-11th June at various venues across England and Scotland.

Wed 1st June – St Sepulchre’s, London (w/ Bellatrix & Izzie Yardley)

Thurs 2nd June – The Maze, Nottingham (w/ Rob Green & Keto)

Fri 3rd June – Eiger Music Studios, Leeds (w/ Matt Abbott & Rob Green)

Sat 4th June – Fibbers, York (w/ Boss Caine)

Sun 5th June – Electric Circus, Edinburgh (w/ Nicolette Macleod)

Mon 6th June – Friction Arts, Birmingham (w/ Chris Cleverley, Lobelia & Alex Rainsford)

Tue 7th June – Bierkeller, Bristol (w/ Gaz Brookfield & Water Mostly)

Wed 8th June – Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth (w/ Krista Green & Kadia)

Thurs 9th June – Arts Centre, Swindon (w/ Gaz Brookfield & AJ)

Sat 11th June - Homegrown Festival, Bury St Edmunds (w/ Tom & Paris)

For more information, visit

19/05/16: Busking Festival

The Busking Festival with a Jurassic Host

In 2015, Britney Spears’ ‘Piece of Me’ tour had an average ticket price of £94. On the 28th of May, 2016, Lyme Regis based music making charity ‘B Sharp’ is offering you the chance to hear a vast selection of new and exciting local musicians perform, as well as the opportunity to take the stage yourself, in their annual busking festival. The cost of entry? Absolutely nothing.
So, Britney or Busking? I know where I’d rather be.
Taking place throughout the idyllic seaside town of Lyme Regis, the ‘B Sharp Busking Festival’ will showcase the talents of a number of local, young musicians. These individuals have developed their sounds with help from the charity’s weekly sessions led by a team of ‘music leaders’, who offer the highest level of experience as composers, musicians, singers, songwriters and technicians.
There will also be a wide variety of interactive elements provided for all, from singers just starting out to polished performers. The festival offers the chance to join an electronic jam session, take part in a drum circle, or even go solo with a ‘Play Me’ drum kit and piano being placed around the town.
However, the heart of the festival is built upon the busking. Hour long busking slots can be booked on the ‘B Sharp’ website, enabling you to perform at one of many locations all across the town. These are open to all, no matter your age, instrument or experience, and represent an opportunity that should not be missed. If you’ve ever dreamed of a life in the lights, now may well be your time to shine.
The ‘B Sharp’ charity does incredible work in the Lyme Regis area, aiding the development and promotion of aspiring young musicians. It regularly organises events that provide these artists with the stage they deserve. For example, at last year’s immensely successful ‘Big Mix Festival’, where attendees (myself included) were blown away not only by the professionalism of the event, but also the quality of the acts that performed.
For those who sign up to a busking slot, 60% of profits can go straight in your pocket, whilst it is asked that the remainder go towards funding the charity, helping them carry on their sterling work with young musicians locally.
So, come on down for a day of sand, seas and songs. Maybe even treat yourself to a post-busk bacon butty, you did just save £94 on a Britney Spears ticket after all.

If you want to find out more, you can go to ‘’ or find the organisation at their Facebook page ‘B Sharp’.

Written By Harry Bullmore


07/12/15: Lazy Habits – Kicking The Clouds

Track name – Kicking The Clouds
Artist name - Lazy Habits
Impact date – 7th December 2015
Label - RnJ Records

Album name - The Atrocity Exhibition
Album impact – 15th February 2016

Stream/Download Link –

“A more intense sound and visual marks the return of Lazy Habits.”
The Unheard Nerd

With the hype of the highly anticipated upcoming sophomore album ‘The Atrocity Exhibition’ gaining momentum and following the success of the album’s first single “The Breach” that starred Taron Egerton (“Kingsman”) and racked up 140K views on YouTube - Lazy Habits are set to drop their second single, “Kicking The Clouds”.

“Kicking The Clouds” is released on 7th December accompanied by a music video shot in Jan/Feb during the band’s official 2015 Asia Tour. It showcases the dynamic personality behind the music and epic live shows, as well as their ever-growing fan base in the Far East. The song is the first track on the new album highlighting the evolution in the sound the band have gone through, that includes heavy rolling drums and synth bass to contrast the string quartet and harp.

Filled with ‘aggressively pounding beats and brass’ (Altsounds) alongside slick lyrics about modern British life, Lazy Habits master infectious hooks and clever arrangements, making their stage show the benchmark others aim for and are one of the tightest and most powerful live performances in the UK.

The six-piece band have played shows at legendary venues including Shepherd’s Bush Empire, The Roundhouse and KOKO as well as selling out Jazz Café and the 100 Club.

The band have previously supported Mos Def, Young Blood Brass, Soulwax, The Specials, Bonobo, Public Service Broadcasting, Reeps One and Kid Koala.

Festivals continue to love the band too, with a series of main stage shows at Standon Calling, Beach Break and Wilderness joining memorable appearances at Glastonbury, Bestival, Secret Garden Party, Lovebox, Boomtown and Edinburgh Festival.

Official “Kicking The Clouds” Video Released 20/11/215

People have said...

If you know Lazy Habits, you know there’s nothing lazy about them! And if you don't know them? Well, you soon will. I honestly believe MC Lazy is one of the top lyricists of our generation. Altsounds

Among the people with refined tastes in music, this group is already recognized as indispensable. Dramatic and cinematic, their music has the power to stimulate the imaginations of their listeners. Aboon Magazine (S.Korea)

Some of the most Vibrant and cutting edge music you are likely to hear out of the UK music scene in a long time. Sputnik Sounds

Swish, perfectly produced. Mixmag

Original and infectious. Something You Said

Inspirational and dynamically outstanding. The Ringmaster

30/11/15: Titters and Tinsel at The BriT

At the time of writing, December and all that wonderful seasonal silliness that goes with it, is but two shakes of a reindeer’s hoof away.

At The BriT, the elves are busy sprinkling their magic and adding the last few baubles to the tree in preparation for what is looking to be a very busy Yuletide.

Two of Santa’s most popular helpers, iconic DJs Bobby and Steve, kick our first December weekend on December 5th with some of the best house tuneage you will hear EVER. Trust me their comeback has just been immense! Tickets £8 in advance, £10 on door.

On Monday 7th we have an evening of clairvoyance with Jeanine Glynn who returns after her outstanding success here last month. £5 entry.

We have something a little different for you in the form of some incredible pub theatre on Weds 16th. ‘Only Fools’ promises to be a hilarious rollercoaster of a ride of lies, deceit and double-crossing. Tickets £7

We have added an extra Comedy Show to our line up on Thursday Dec 17th, as the earlier December show is all but full. This is a cracking night out; 3 comics from the London circuit and a slap up Christmas 2 or 3 Course food fest all for XXXXXXXXX

Tuesday 22nd is for all you that have broken up already! A bottomless boozy brunch; a la carte menu and all you can drink booze for 2 hours (great stress-buster!), 2-course or 3-course available (£15/£20) then add on unlimited booze for £20. T&Cs apply.

Christmas Eve is the time to don those crappy Christmas jumpers one more time and join us for an early start. Last minute shopping done and time to reward yourselves with a few winter warmers or delicious festive cocktails from lunchtime onwards.

Boxing Day is all about our BritPop Blinders. The very best of all those classic 90’s sounds spun by the legendary Martyn The Hat. Dance away a few Quality Street and have a joyous time in the friendliest pub this side of Timbuktu!

Of Course NYE is the biggie! We’ve had so many favourite DJs this year that we have decided that, rather than pick one, we’d get them ALL back for a big old shindig in our NYC V NYE event. It’s free entry (plus free Prosecco for those with an invite) and the best music from those legendary connoisseurs Gary Ellis, Jon Coomer, Garphie and special guests! 3-course dinner in the restaurant available with bubbles for just £30. Limited spaces
The BriT
20 Britannia Road
Dorset, BH14 8BB
United Kingdom
Tel: 01202 740046

19/11/15: New release from Ian W Brown

After being mistaken for his namesake, the iconic frontman of The Stone Roses, Hampshire singer songwriter Ian Brown is to release his first single at the age of 50 under the name Ian W Brown.

Ian wrote the song, Me Too, after appearing at Purbeck Folk Festival where he met a couple of Stone Roses fans who thought they were going to see their hero.

“I’m not fooling anyone with this,” says Ian. “I always feel a bit sorry for people who think I’m going to be the Stone Roses singer. I mean, frankly I would rather see him than me!

“The song is about sharing your name with someone famous and having to deal with all the day-to-day business of living that you presume they don’t, but when you think about it they do – we’re all the same, we all get lonely and we all get sad.”

Me Too has been produced by Rupert Christie (Bellowhead, Jessie J, Fisherman’s Friends) and remixed by Grammy Award winner Brian Rawling (David Bowie, James Bay, Rod Stewart, James Morrison). Its bittersweet lyrics name check people called Bob Marley, Elton John, Norah Jones, David Gray and Deborah Harry.

Ahead of the song’s release in February, Ian is playing Bournemouth Folk Club on 6 December at the Sugar and Spice bar in Boscombe and will give a free advance copy of the single to everyone who buys a ticket.

“Everyone’s welcome whether they’ve heard of me or not – and if you share a famous name there might even be drink in it!”

Irrespective of any confusion with the Stone Roses singer, Ian Brown is an accomplished and successful songwriter an Ivor Novello nomination under the name Tom Gilbert with a track record that includes No Hopers Jokers and Rogues for Fisherman’s Friends, Dreamboats and Petticoats (a hit for Jason Donovan) and Thanks For Turning Up, co-written with Steve Knightley from Show of Hands.

Me Too:
No Hopers, Jokers & Rogues:
Dreamboats and Petticoats:











Free activities for older people in the UK. This year, Coda Music Trust, in association with Highcliffe Community Association, has arranged a full day of activities at Greystones House.

Held on the first Sunday of October by the Sir Simon Milton Foundation, Silver Sunday is a national celebration of older people and their valuable contribution to our communities.

Through a variety of free activities, Silver Sunday offers people a chance to keep active in body and spirit, try new things, meet neighbours and, ultimately, overcome loneliness and isolation.

Coda Music Trust, in partnership with Highcliffe Community Association, has arranged a full day of workshops which include Art, Quilting, Craft, Mahjong, Information Technology, Photography, Genealogy, Flower Arranging and learning the Ukulele.

There will also be a performance at the end of the afternoon by the Coda Ukulele band.

All of the workshops (and the performance) will take place at the headquarters of the Highcliffe Community Association: Greystones House in Highcliffe.

No booking is required, the workshops will be informal and you can simply turn up on the day.

Engaging with music in your later years. Silver Sunday is a unique chance for older people to learn something new – not just music-related but to find out more and try out a potential new hobby. Even more importantly, it is a chance to meet new people and socialise.”
These Silver Sunday events will take place on Sunday 4th October from 10am to 4pm at Greystones House, Waterford Road, Highcliffe BH23 5JL

To find out more about Silver Sunday and for the full programme of workshops, visit contact Coda on 01425 276161 or via email

07/09/15: CODA OPEN DAY

Saturday 12th September 1pm - 4pm

We hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable Summer break.

As well as classes starting back this week, Coda is holding a free Open Day this Saturday from 1pm - 4pm.

We’ll be unveiling our new, state of the art music rooms and introducing new tutors, classes and courses for the new term, as well as giving you the chance to try something new.
The Open Day is for anybody who would like to visit the Music Centre and find out more about Coda – as well as existing students, so please spread the word amongst friends and family.


Open Day is going to be bursting with things to try out, join-in with or just enjoy being entertained by - so come along to have a look around, relax in the Social with a coffee and some live music or try something new at one of our workshops or taster sessions. There is no need to book ahead, just simply turn up and we’ll slot you into the next session (all the taster sessions are 10 minutes). Workshops will take place on the hour and taster sessions will be taking place throughout the afternoon.
We are offering:

Samba Workshops (with Kristian)

Drum taster sessions (with Kristian)

Ukulele Workshops (with Paul)

Guitar taster sessions (with Paul)

Piano/Keyboard taster sessions (with Stephanie)

Harp or Cello taster sessions (with Stephanie)

Woodwind taster sessions (with Kyle)

Blues Jam at 3pm in the Coda Social (with Jonathan)

To keep the little ones entertained, we will also have Gobbledegook Theatre’s Musik Shed on site outside for the whole afternoon - spinning kids favourites and getting them singing and dancing along with tunes, bubbles and a touch of mayhem.

In addition for the under 5’s, there will be a Classical concert for Mums and Babies at 3pm by Laura Reid in the Acoustic Room.

Our Rock and Pop Academy students are returning to show us what they achieved across their week of Summer school, performing some of their self-penned songs live and acoustically in the Coda Social.

Our friends from FreeStyle will have a pop-up shop on-site and can talk to you about guitars and accessories, show you some of their range and tell you about our exclusive Coda discount.

Our tutors will be on-hand all afternoon to talk to you about tuition and our new courses and classes for the Autumn Term which include

Coda Vocal Soul Collective a fresh, funky contemporary soul choir singing fun, challenging arrangements of soulful current tunes and classics

Coda Ukulele for Beginners a 12 week course for beginners starting with the basics and teaching you all you need to progress and have fun with the ukulele

GarageBand for Beginners everything you need to get started with the music creation studio app

Coda Jazz Orchestra playing Jazz from the ‘20s to the present day with opportunities to improve sight-reading and improvising skills and

Coda Blues Jam an introduction for guitarists to the basic principles of melodic improvisation and soloing

RECOMMEND A FRIEND - Don’t forget, we offer a ‘Recommend A Friend’ discount of 20% off your term’s fees if your friend signs up for a term of classes or tuition on your recommendation, so invite them along to the Open Day to find out more.

Coda Open Day will take place on 12th September 2015 from 1pm to 4pm at Coda Music Centre, Chewton Farm Road, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 5QL.

We look forward to seeing you all!

24/08/15: Party in the Park

The countdown to Fire Radio’s Party in the Park 2015 has begun for this August bank holiday weekend mini fest and event organisers, JJPR & Events are feeling extremely buoyant about ticket sales as the final week approaches.
Event organiser, Jane Jones said: “We’re thrilled with the response for ticket sales this year and anyone can buy them online right up until 10.00am each day for just £8.00 or £20.00 for PlayGolf Side Stage tickets to include a complimentary glass of Scavi & Ray Prosecco or Asahi beer. This VIP area is favourably positioned next to the stage with comfy seating and a full private bar provided by Patrick’s of Ashley Cross. Tickets will also be available from the organiser’s ticket office each day of the event for £10.00.
There has been a slight to change to Saturday’s line up in that Fun Lovin’ Criminal, Huey Morgan has had to pull his DJ set due to personal reasons and in his place we are over the moon to have secured Fun Lovin’ Criminals Fast & Frank who are currently touring with UB40.”
Fun for all the family, this eagerly awaited event provides something for everyone with some great entertainment for the kids, foods from around the world and a massive Red Bull beer tent. Jane added: ‘We are so grateful to our sponsors Play Golf, Sandown Smart, Frost & Co, County Epos, Reaction Group and LV and furthermore are pleased to be supporting the local worthy charity LV Streetwise who will be present over the weekend with their incredible all singing and dancing caravan for families to explore.’
With an incredible line up of talented local bands and DJ’s, the event will finish on a high with Jazzy Jeff wowing the crowds as the last act on the Sunday night. For full line up and enquiries check out

21/08/15: Classic Clapton Gigs

30th Anniversary Tour

Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis – Friday 11 September

CLASSIC CLAPTON the World's No1 Eric Clapton Tribute Band featuring front-man Mike Hall will be making a welcome return to Lyme Regis in September as part of their 30th Anniversary Tour.

The band will be performing at The Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis on Friday 11 September. Doors open at 7.30pm. Band on stage at 8pm. Tickets priced £13.50, concessions £12 (with £1 off for theatre friends) are available from the box office - Tel: 01297 442138. This will be CLASSIC CLAPTON’s second appearance at The Marine Theatre. Their first concert in 2013 sold out. Fans are advised to book early.

The band will perform all of EC's classic songs including Wonderful Tonight, Tears in Heaven, Crossroads, I Shot The Sheriff, Cocaine, Lay Down Sally and of course Layla! There will even be an “UNPLUGGED” segment.

Also playing at The Regent Centre, Christchurch – Saturday 12 September

CLASSIC CLAPTON the World's No1 Eric Clapton Tribute Band featuring front-man Mike Hall will be making a welcome return to Christchurch in September as part of their 30th Anniversary Tour.

The band will be performing at The Regent Centre, High Street, Christchurch, Dorset on Saturday 12 September. Doors open at 7pm. Band on stage at 7.30pm. Tickets priced £16 (concessions £15) are available from the box office - Tel: 01202 499199. Their first appearance at the venue in 2013 sold out and there was a similar turn-out in 2014. Fans are advised to book early for their next concert at The Regent Centre.


The band was formed in 1985 in Newcastle upon Tyne long before the term “tribute band” was invented, and named themselves ''After Midnight'' after Eric Clapton’s first solo hit. In guitar/vocalist Mike Hall, they have a front man who not only looks like Eric, he sings and plays guitar like him too!

In 1999, Mike won a national look-alike competition held at Madam Tussauds in London. Mike has met Slowhand twice, and even received a message of encouragement from the guitar maestro (written on a Concorde menu).

TYNE TEES TELEVISION were so impressed, they made a programme about them, called 'COVER THEIR TRACKS'. It was shown in August 2000 and received rave reviews, leading to national recognition. Mike was filmed by Japanese TV for a documentary about Slowhand's classic song Layla. The programme was shown on BS Fuji TV Japan in January 2013.

In 2001 the band embarked on an extensive tour of UK Theatres. They called the tribute show "CLASSIC CLAPTON". Since then, they have continued to perform all over the UK & Europe including concerts at The Royal Festival Hall and Glastonbury Festival. In the past few years they have performed numerous concerts in Europe including Spain, Estonia, Holland and France. In 2009 they appeared in Mumbai. A 10,000 mile round-trip for 1 show but it was a great experience.

In the past 30 years CLASSIC CLAPTON have become something of a rock institution.

CLASSIC CLAPTON comprises 4 excellent musicians:- Mike Hall (lead vocals/guitar), Paul Warren (keyboards/ backing vocals), Danny Davison (drums) and Dave Robson (bass guitar /backing vocals). Dave is a former member of chart band Geordie. In fact he was with them at the time Brian Johnson left to join AC/DC. Mike, Dave & Danny are all original members of CLASSIC CLAPTON. Paul joined in 2007.

CLASSIC CLAPTON have released three albums. Firstly “THE MUSIC OF ERIC CLAPTON” contains brilliant cover-versions of 17 Clapton Classics. Their second is a live double CD ''CLASSIC CLAPTON Unplugged'' recorded at Belfast Waterfront Hall. In 2005 they released their third album “CLASSIC CREAM” – featuring 20 songs made famous by the sixties supergroup. All three albums will be available at Lyme Regis.

Eric Clapton has been a major international star since the mid 1960's, when he revolutionised electric guitar playing, with his virtuoso performances in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. He has won an incredible 19 Grammies and is the only triple inductee into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of The Yardbirds, Cream and as a solo artist).

Eric reached the milestone age of 70 in March. His recent tours unfortunately have visited only a limited number of large UK venues. If fans want to hear all of his hits performed in more intimate surroundings, they really should attend a CLASSIC CLAPTON concert. The whole of Clapton's illustrious career will be covered including Cream, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Blind Faith, The Yardbirds, Derek & The Dominos and the solo years.

Although Mike Hall is not quite as old as Eric, he is thinking of retiring or at least taking a long break after 2015, so if their fans definitely want to see CLASSIC CLAPTON at least one more time, we recommend that they get tickets for one of their 2015 shows. This could be the last time they play in Lyme Regis.

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24/07/15: Brighton’s favourite blues band to hit Bournemouth

The Butchers Blues Band are bringing their stomping brand of dancing blues and boogie to Jalarra, Bournemouth on Saturday 8th August.
Although playing mostly Chicago blues from the 1950s and 60s, featuring searing slide guitar, howling blues harmonica and driving boogie piano, the band also deliver their own take on reggae, soul and rock classics.
'Head butcher', Phil Dewhurst, says: “Like the great musicians we admire, we want our audiences to have a good time and dance the night away. We promise no long guitar solos or slow blues - we play non-stop party music and we're really looking forward to playing Jalarra.”
Jalarra is Bournemouth’s newest music venue where you can hear the best names in original music in an intimate show setting. It is not just a normal bar or a club but is somewhere you might accidentally discover the next big or brilliant thing, so is the perfect venue to host The Butchers Blues Band.

Date: Saturday 8th August
Venue: Jalarra, 45 Poole Hill, Bournemouth BH2 5PW
01202 556113 /
Time: 9.30pm


13/07/15: Grooves on the Green

Dorset’s best community festival Grooves on the Green went with a swing this weekend at Ashley Cross.

The 15th anniversary family-friendly music festival saw thousands of revellers make the most of the sunshine on Saturday and defy the light rain on Sunday as bands including The Baker Brothers, Mutant Vinyl, The Mother Ukers, Klaudia and Afro Tallaweh kept everyone on their feet.

“It was a great weekend, without a doubt one of the best yet,” said Mick Callaghan, one of the festival organisers. “Everyone’s always in a good mood at Grooves, it has a lovely atmosphere, the music was perfect and families with children can relax, let their hair down and because we finish at seven they can be home in time for tea.”

Grooves on the Green once again raised money for Diverse Abilities Plus, which helps children and adults in Dorset who live with profound disability and smashed its target of £10,000 raised in the last three years alone.

“We’re waiting for the final figure, but what we’ve raised this weekend will take us well over the £10,000 mark,” says Mick. “That’s a fantastic tribute to the big-hearted people of Ashley Cross and further afield, all the local businesses that support us and the bands and crew who gave their time for free. It was another amazing effort all round.”

With live music on two stages, Grooves on the Green also featured its own local food and beer festival, a dedicated kids’ zone, literary interventions from the Freeway Poets and a mini film festival, while a tintype photography booth echoed the park’s Victorian roots.

Saturday’s Main Stage was headlined by Bournemouth band The Baker Brothers with G13, Afro-Cubano-reggae mixers Afro Tallawah, Kaia, All About Tobe and Krista Green & the Bees. The Sunday bill included the Paul McCartney/Tricky-endorsed Mutant Vinyl as well as Duveaux, Signals, Not Made In China, Fearne and performance folkorists Wikkaman.

Meanwhile, hosted by Si Genaro from BBC’s The Voice, the Calling Stage was part-programmed by acts voted for by the readers of the Daily Echo and showcased the very best of Dorset’s unsigned talent with weekend highlights including the irrepressible Mother Ukers, Lithuanian-born indie-dance queen Klaudia, the robust garage beat of The Power Thief, hotly tipped singer songwrtter Lee Rasdall-Dove and chart topping Ivor Novello-nominated songwriter Ian Brown.

Walk Away - Photo Credit Stuart Walker

Walk Away - Photo Credit: Stuart Walker

04/07/15: Grooves on the Green

Ashley Cross

11 & 12 July 2015



Final preparations are well underway for the 15th anniversary Grooves on the Green community festival on Ashley Cross Green next weekend. But as the bands, fans, foodies, drinkers and poets put the finishing touches to their weekend plans one man is preparing to hark back to the Green’s Victorian origins and party like it’s 1890! Poole-based photographer Carl Wilson is bringing his version of Victorian fairground staple, the tintype image-maker to Dorset’s best community festival to give revellers, performers and families alike the opportunity to pick up a unique memento of the event. Complete with top hat, tails and the all-important photographer’s cape, for a small consideration Carl will capture images of his subjects, not on screen, not on paper, but on metal plates!

Tintypes were a common feature at Victorian carnivals and fairs where photographers would produce souvenir images, usually on thin pieces of iron sealed with varnish. “Photography is so accessible nowadays, everyone’s taking selfies on their phones, but I want to do something that puts some of the magic back into photography,” says Carl. “It’s quite complicated and there’s a bit of chemistry and some trial and error involved but it produces incredibly sharp images that have a unique quality about them.” Grooves on the Green features live music on two stage, as well as its own local food and beer festival, a dedicated kids’ zone, literary interventions from the Freeway Poets and a mini film festival. The two-day family-friendly festival will once again raise money for Diverse Abilities Plus, which helps children and adults in Dorset who live with profound disability. In the last two years alone it has raised more than £9,000 for the charity. Saturday’s Main Stage bill is headlined by Bournemouth groove machine The Baker Brothers with slinky jazz/d&b fusionists G13, Afro-Cubano-reggae mixers Afro Tallawah, jazz-soul-blues chanteuse Kaia, the laidback sunshine vibe of All About Tobe and local busking favourites Krista Green & the Bees also appearing.

On Sunday bill topper Mutant Vinyl is playing his only local show of the year at Grooves as he readies his Paul McCartney/Tricky-endorsed sound for the summer festivals. He’ll be appearing with indie pop classicists Duveaux, Southampton math-pop quartet Signals, Afrobeat indie pop merchants Not Made In China, long standing Bournemouth outfit Fearne and performance folkorists Wikkaman. Meanwhile, hosted by Si Genaro from BBC’s The Voice, the Calling Stage will showcase the very best of Dorset’s unsigned talent with weekend highlights including the irrepressible Mother Ukers, Lithuanian-born indie-dance queen Klaudia, the robust garage beat of The Power Thief, hotly tipped singer songwrtter Lee Rasdall-Dove and chart topping Ivor Novello-nominated songwriter Ian Brown.

01/07/15: Lyme Regis is ready to rock as Big Mix welcomes Glasto stars

Lyme Regis is ready to rock as Big Mix welcomes Glasto stars Glastonbury is over for another year, but Lyme Regis is preparing to go global on Saturday (4JULY) as this year’s Big Mix family youth music festival welcomes a world of talent to the town from near and far. Fresh from their appearance

and having a massive impact at Glastonbury, dance band KOG and the Zongo Brigade will headline the festival. Fronted by the irrepressible Ghanaian-born songwriter and performer Kweku Of Ghana their blend of West African rhythms, soul, funk, reggae and Latin jazz has taken them all over Britain and Europe and they arrive in Lyme Regis on the back of a UK tour in support of their seven-track Akwaaba EP. Returning to the Big Mix stage in Theatre Square are Brighton-based power pop trio The RPMs. Originally from Bridport, singer Jack Valero can’t wait to return to the local scene of some of their very first gigs together.



“We’re really looking forward to playing for B Sharp again,” says Jack. “We had so much fun when we played for them before and they were very supportive in those first few days of us starting out as a band. The Big Mix is really great because it’s pretty much the only music festival for aspiring musicians in the Dorset area to perform at.” Also following up a storming show at Glastonbury, Calamity Poets bring their self-styled ‘spaghetti shonk’ – a fusion of blues, folk, rock and jazz – to the Big Mix having expanded their original guitar and trumpet line up to incorporate a full band. Promoted by young people’s music charity B Sharp, the Big Mix is run by young people

for young people and families with a range of fringe activities including mobile skate ramps and a chill out and ‘crafter-noon’ area run by young artists that includes a hooping workshop, face painting, nail art, hair braiding, beach art and much more. “There has been a massive groundswell of support for the festival in Lyme Regis, you can feel the excitement building in and around the town,” says B Sharp director Fran Williams. “The Big Mix is a really special event and leading the way locally because it opens doors for young musicians, technicians, artists and event organisers to work with industry professionals, many of whom began their careers at B Sharp.”


The bill also includes Bridport singer songwriter and B Sharp young music leader Ella Squirrell, Weymouth-based grime artists SouthDub, Lyme’s own pop jazzers Joanna Clark and Nathan Austin and opera singer Chloe Stratta, who worked for B Sharp as a singing mentor. Four groups from Hub Jams, B Sharp’s creative music making sessions, will launch a four-track CD and Boombox Music, created at Charmouth Primary with B Sharp music leaders Jacques Verhaeren and Pete Wild, will also be performing.

The Big Mix runs from 1pm to 11.30pm in Theatre Square, Lyme Regis. Tickets (£5, U18s £1) are selling fast and are strictly limited. To avoid disappointment organisers recommend booking now from Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre on 01297 442138.

















08/06/15: Grooves on the Green
Ashley Cross
11 & 12 July 2015

Here come the girls… Dorset’s best community festival Grooves on the
Green is pleased to announce two of the area’s most highly rated
emerging female talents have been added to the bill.

Lithuanian-born indie dance songstress Klaudia and Bournemouth-based
singer songwriter Kirsty LowlessKaudia will both be appearing on The Calling
Stage, hosted by Si Genaro, after winning the latest round of the
Grooves on the Green talent contest.

Classically trained cellist Klaudia has been adapting her formal
musical background to writing original folk-pop material while
studying for a music degree at the University of Southampton. When
she’s not appearing solo or as part of a band she has also been
pursuing purely vocal projects and released her first single,
Raindrops of Steel, co-written with rapper Pedro Correia late last

“Surprisingly I’ve never really listened to music that sounds like I
do now,” says Klaudia. “I think because I listen to bands such as
Foals, The Maccabees and Animal Collective, I never really copy a
sound or style because they sound nothing like my music. I also had a
classical background with cello and choir, but I believe it’s
beneficial to have a large soundscape. It allows you to be open-minded
when it comes to creating your own music.”

A thoroughly modern musician in every sense, 16-year-old Kirsty
Lowless posts new videos every Sunday on Facebook and her You Tube
channel in which she sings and plays guitar, performing her own songs
and other people’s. Covering artists as diverse as Rihanna, Jessie J,
Ed Sheeran and The Hills, she’s clearly learning all the time and last
month supported hit singer Foxes on the Southampton leg of her
successful attempt to set a new world record for the most number of
gigs staged in 12 hours in different cities.Kirsty

Both will be appearing on The Calling Stage at Grooves on the Green,
hosted by the irrepressible Si Genaro whose two appearances in two
seasons on BBC’s The Voice are among the show’s most memorable
moments. He describes himself as a “singer-songwriter
guitarist-harmonica madman and human drum machine” and has supported
David Essex, Nizlopi, InMe, The Mad Professor and Jamelia, among

Grooves on the Green runs from noon until 7pm on 11 and 12 July at
Ashley Cross Green with music on two stages, a local beer and food
festival, kidzone and mini film festival. Now in its 15th year, £1
from every ticket sold is donated to Diverse Abilities Plus, which
helps children and adults in Dorset who live with profound disability.

Saturday’s Main Stage is topped by Bournemouth-based funk groove
machine The Baker Brothers with slinky jazz/d&b fusionists G13,
Afro-Cubano-reggae mixers Afro Tallawah, jazz-soul-blues chanteuse
Kaia, the laidback sunshine vibe of All About Tobe and local busking
favourites Krista Green & the Bees also appearing.

Sunday’s headliner Mutant Vinyl is playing his only local show of the
year at Grooves as he readies his Paul McCartney/Tricky-endorsed sound
for the summer festivals. He’ll be appearing with indie pop
classicists Duveaux, Southampton math-pop quartet Signals, Afrobeat
indie pop merchants Not Made In China, long standing Bournemouth
outfit Fearne and performance folkorists Wikkaman.

Early Bird tickets are available now from Le Bateau and Leader & Co.

18/05/15: Grooves on the Green

Ashley Cross

11 & 12 July 2015


Dorset’s best community festival Grooves on the Green is nothing if not democratic and its talent contest to select bands to play on its second stage proves there’s still plenty of appetite for voting among local music fans.

With more than 1,000 votes cast in the final couple of days the latest acts chosen to play The Calling Stage this year are lively three-piece Plastic Jeezus and the raw talent of The Power Thief.

Plastic Jeezus are Simon (ukulele), Aaraon (bass) and Dave (drums).

Plastic Jeezus

“We sing songs with wry, witty lyrics covering subjects from kidney stones to dressing up as a dog in order to fool an elderly lady into thinking that you're actually her dog,” Simon explains (sort of!).

Although they’re still at school, The Power Thief (or George, Jacob, Byron and Kieran as their folks know them) revel in an edgy R&B sound that suggests they are very au fait with mid-60s albums by The Beatles and Kinks among others.

“Though it’s true not many people our age like the music we listen to I think it’s better than modern music. It’s not all manufactured and you can hear the guitar, bass and drums,” says lead singer/guitarist George.

Both bands were selected after entering The Calling talent contest run in conjunction with the Daily Echo. Bands simply upload a track at, which then appears on the Echo’s polling site for people to listen to and vote.

Grooves on the Green runs from noon until 7pm on 11 and 12 July at Ashley Cross Green with music on two stages, a local beer and food festival, kidzone and mini film festival. Now in its 15th year, £1 from every ticket sold is donated to Diverse Abilities Plus, which helps children and adults in Dorset who live with profound disability.

Early Bird tickets are available now from Le Bateau and Leader & Co.

Saturday’s Main Stage is topped by Bournemouth-based funk groove machine The Baker Brothers with slinky jazz/d&b fusionists G13, Afro-Cubano-reggae mixers Afro Tallawah, south coast funk folk Sunstone Collective, jazz-soul-blues chanteuse Kaia and local busking favourites Krista Green & the Bees also appearing.

Sunday’s headliner Mutant Vinyl is playing his only local show of the year at Grooves as he readies his Paul McCartney/Tricky-endorsed sound for the summer festivals. He’ll be appearing with indie pop classicists Duveaux, Southampton math-pop quartet Signals, Afrobeat indie pop merchants Not Made In China, long standing Bournemouth outfit Fearne and performance folkorists Wikkaman.

Having managed to upstage himself with a second appearance on BBC’s The Voice this year the irrepressible Si Genaro once again hosts The Calling Stage.


Behind the Castle

Sherborne Castle, Dorset

Saturday 13 June



It is with deep regret the organisers of the Behind the Castle music festival in Sherborne have announced its cancellation due to poor ticket sales.

All ticket holders will receive a full refund. Those who bought online will receive an email in the coming days detailing the refund process. Those who bought from Tourist Information Centres should return to the point of purchase for their refund.

“This wasn’t an easy decision to make,” says festival director Ian Lyster. “We are extremely disappointed that the event will not be happening after a very successful opening year.

“At present we need to wait for things to settle down before making any decisions about events in the future, but for now we’d like to thank all those involved, including those who had bought tickets, for their support, encouragement, friendship and understanding.”

07/05/15 Grooves on the Green

Ashley Cross

11 & 12 July 2015


Dorset’s best community festival Grooves on the Green is proud to keep it local with £1 from every ticket sold being donated to Diverse Abilities Plus, which helps children and adults in Dorset who live with profound disability.

The charity has received more than £9,000 over the last two years from its association with Grooves and organisers hope to smash the £10,000 total this year.

Early Bird tickets for the two-day music gathering on Ashley Cross Green are available now from Le Bateau and Leader & Co as the finishing touches are being put to the music bill on the festival’s two stages.

There’s also a regional beer and food festival with a wide range of local crafts beers and ciders from Dorset breweries including Sunny Republic, Bournemouth Beer Company and Purbeck Cider.

“Grooves on the Green is all about the local community,” says festival director Michael Callaghan. “We must be one of the few music festivals that most people walk to.

“Ashley Cross has always been incredibly supportive of Grooves and we want to make this year’s 15th birthday bash the best yet. There is some incredible music and amazing food and drink, as well as a dedicated children’s activity area. Also, because the last bands finish at seven families with young children don’t have to miss anything to get home in time for bed and those that want to can enjoy the nearby bars and restaurants.”

Saturday’s Main Stage is topped by Bournemouth-based funk groove machine The Baker Brothers with slinky jazz/d&b fusionists G13, Afro-Cubano-reggae mixers Afro Tallawah, south coast funk folk Sunstone Collective, jazz-soul-blues chanteuse Kaia and local busking favourites Krista Green & the Bees also appearing.

Sunday’s headliner Mutant Vinyl is playing his only local show of the year at Grooves as he readies his Paul McCartney/Tricky-endorsed sound for the summer festivals. He’ll be appearing with indie pop classicists Duveaux, Southampton math-pop quartet Signals, Afrobeat indie pop merchants Not Made In China, long standing Bournemouth outfit Fearne and performance folkorists Wikkaman.

Having managed to upstage himself with a second appearance on BBC’s The Voice this year the irrepressible Si Genaro hosts the Calling stage with acts selected by public vote.

27/04/15: Show of Hands Q&A, Steve Knightley

Congrats on the Songlines nomination and thanks for taking the time to answer these queries…

What have you got planned for this year’s Behind the Castle?

What we have planned is the usual festival set. You want to start off with your big numbers you need to take it down a bit for the middle and then with a half an hour to go make it rise and rise and rise. Obviously you’re trying to get people to sing along and you chuck it something like The Galway Farmer to get everybody clapping and that’s also how I go about planning a set – you want a big opening, a bit of a dip and then a big ending.

The Centenary album was a real highlight, it sounded like it meant a lot to you how did the project come about?

The Centenary project came from Universal Records and they wanted to have an album of poetry and music of The Great War. I knew Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton already, they’re old friends of mine, so I was able to get them involved in it and they recorded the poems in London, sent it down to Devon and then we put music to them as and when we heard them and occasionally it just locked together so it was a great thing to do. We’re doing a few of them live – particularly Lads in Their Hundreds and Requiem. On the whole it works very, very well, but it would be great to do a show where Jim and Imelda were actually there reciting and who knows, maybe we one day we’ll be able to do that.

You don’t shy from social comment, is there enough of it in music today?

Obviously there are fantastic people like Billy Bragg that have been doing that for ages and Dylan really began that whole thing with the protest song. I don’t shy away from it, but there’s got to be a good song in there. So we have Arrogance Ignorance & Greed and Country Life I suppose are our big social comment songs. At the end of the day it has to be a good song and not just a bit of polemic.

You and Phil both have hugely successful careers outside of Show of Hands, what makes a SoH song as opposed to a solo work, or for another project?

Most of the songs I do can work for solo or Show of Hands. They tend to sort of work their way into the set so it’s not a question of differentiating. I play them live a lot and when they really start working Phil will have heard them either at soundchecks or in the dressing room and he sort of plays along. We don’t rehearse we just get them together on stage so there’s no songs I particularly reserve for me.

What has nearly 25 years of Show of Hands taught you?

That’s a big question. You have to stay connected to your audience. You have to be approachable; you have to be available. It’s taught me that just because there are posters everywhere it doesn’t mean anyone’s coming – or if there’s no posters anywhere that doesn’t mean nobody’s coming either! In fact, word of mouth is everything. It’s not just about having a bunch of songs it’s about having a connection to a community of people who care about what you do.

You played Behind the Castle last year, but your connection to Dorset goes way back. You recorded your first album live at the Bull in Bridport and you play a Family Festival every summer at Abbotsbury Gardens, what’s your affinity with Dorset?

I have a great affinity with Dorset. My mum was evacuated there in the war and I lived there for 18 years or so and my grandfather was in the Dorset Regiment all of his working life and I lived in Bridport and in the Marshwood Vale for a long, long time. Abbotsbury is now 10 or 11 years old. I live in Devon at the moment, but I have a great affinity with Dorset and I dream of the day I could possibly return there.

Miranda Sykes (with Rex Preston) is also on the bill at Behind the Castle – any plans to get together on stage?

She is on the bill and as it says Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes we certainly do have plans to get together on stage because she’s part of the band! It’s not a duo with her happening to be there, it’s Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes.

What’s next for Show of Hands?

What’s next for us is a big autumn tour and a new album and more of the same. After that, we’re doing solo projects next year – I’m doing a series of maritime venues, Phil is off sailing and Miranda’s gigging with Rex.

20/04/15: Grooves on the Green

Grooves on the Green

Ashley Cross

11 & 12 July 2015


With the likes of Sir Paul McCartney and Tricky watching his progress with interest, Grooves on the Green is delighted to announce Mutant Vinyl will be headlining the Sunday bill.

In his first local show since 2013, Mutant Vinyl, aka sax maestro Edwin Pope, will be trying new tracks as well as revisiting the tunes such as dancefloor smash Lavender that have brought him to the verge of a massive breakthrough.

“I’m super excited,” says Edwin. “It’s always lovely to play in front of hometown friends and family, plus, Grooves seems to have grown massively in recent years. I’m bringing the touring festival show to the Green, so it’s the tightest band I’ve ever had. Plus there’ll be new songs and a few special guest musicians jumping on for some tracks.”

Edwin studied at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts where he met its lead patron Sir Paul McCartney.

“I played him Lavender on the piano and by the second chorus he was singing along with me. It ended up him on piano and me on sax and we wrote a new bridge together. He is honestly the most wonderful man. He was so giving with his time, there was no ego, just the most amazing musical wisdom.”

He also worked with Tricky a couple of years ago.

“We kind of co-wrote a track together in 2013, so I ended up guest singing with him at a show in Manchester. He’s a captivating performer and a real musical originator, so the whole experience was amazing for me to learn from. The show ended up with a 50-person stage invasion, so it’s safe to say it was a success!”

Edwin is on a one-man mission to plug the sax-shaped hole he sees in modern music.

“Having played sax in only jazz and wind band settings, I wanted to put a new spin on it. The sound travels from dub, to funk, to jazz, to trip-hop. I’m very fortunate to have an incredible set of musicians that provides the backbone when onstage. For me, performing live is the greatest thing about Mutant Vinyl.”

He’ll top the Main Stage bill on Sunday that also features indie pop classicists Duveaux, Southampton math-pop quartet Signals, Afrobeat indie pop merchants Not Made In China, long standing Bournemouth outfit Fearne and performance folkorists Wikkaman.

The second stage, The Calling, is being programmed by an on-going talent search and will be hosted by Si Genaro, whose second appearance on The Voice this year was marked by giving him his email address and insisting they keep in touch.

With its own food beer and food festival supported by a host of local producers, Grooves on the Green runs from noon until 7pm each day and early bird tickets will go on sale in May from Le Bateau, opposite the festival site on Ashley Cross Green.

As in previous years £1 from every ticket sold will be donated to Diverse Abilities Plus, which helps children and adults in Dorset who live with profound disability. The charity has received more than £9,000 over the last two years from its association with Grooves on the Green.

Mutant Vinyl Q&A

Out to fill a sax-shaped hole in modern music, Dorset boy Edwin Pope has studied at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, is massively in awe of Prince, likes a coffee or two and following the release of his dancefloor-razin’ track ‘Lavender’, is on the verge of a mammoth breakthrough.
He’s playing his only local show of the year headlining the two-day Grooves on the Green bash on Ashley Cross Green on 11 and 12 July.

Hi Edwin, thanks for taking time out to field these questions…

Total pleasure!

Grooves on the Green is MV’s only local show of the year, what have you got in store for us?

Yes, in fact, I believe it’s my first Dorset show since 2013! It’s always lovely to play in front of hometown friends and family, plus, Grooves seems to have grown massively in recent years, so I’m super excited.
I’m bringing the touring festival show to the Green, so it’s the tightest band I’ve ever had. Plus there’ll be new songs and a few special guest musicians jumping on for some tracks.

For the uninitiated, what is MV all about?

Mutant Vinyl is an alias I created in 2010 to give myself a vehicle for a saxophone-fronted project. I felt there was a sax-shaped hole in popular music and having played the instrument in only jazz and wind band settings, I wanted to put a new spin on it.
The name, specifically ‘Mutant’, reflects the sound; it’s an amalgamation of my favourite genres of music. The sound travels from dub, to funk, to jazz, to trip-hop.
I’m very fortunate to have an incredible set of musicians that provides the backbone when onstage. For me, performing live is the greatest thing about Mutant Vinyl.

Your track ‘Lavender’ was a killer tune and created a real buzz, is the pressure on to up the ante?

Ah thank you! Yes I’ve been very lucky and I’m so glad the song resonated with people the way it did. I have to give a shout out to Dorset-based producer Josh Parker for the amazing work he did on the track. The pressure is massively on and I’m taking my time, intentionally. I want the next track to be ‘it’. I’m working with about 20 demos at the moment, so very soon there’ll be a new single dropping.

You’ve picked up plenty of kudos from the likes of Huw Stephens, Janice Long, Tom Robinson et al, what advice have you picked up along the way?

The biggest piece of unanimous advice I’ve had is “strive for originality”. The industry is so saturated with new music every hour, so sounding unique is the hardest thing. If you offer something different, it’s something both the industry and the public are hungry for at the moment.

Are you heeding that advice?

I’m definitely heeding it. It’s so tempting to direct my writing towards a mainstream, commercial goal, but in the long run, I want the music to be unique and stand on its own, not just fit into a current trend or fad.

Who or what inspires you to make music?

Inspiration comes from so many directions. I saw Prince three times last year and those three gigs alone gave me enough inspiration to fuel a career!
His body of work and live performance, they’re so unbelievable – it’s like being taught the best lesson possible whenever I watch or listen to him.
When it comes to making music, listening to new tracks always gets me in a creative mood, whether it’s newly released, or old records that were before my time.
For example, I was working on a dubby/dancehall sounding piece the other day. I was really pleased with it until I heard the new Major Lazer single, ‘Lean On’, which is of a very similar genre. It was so good, it made me go back to the drawing board and start afresh. As frustrating as it was, it actually acts as the best kind of moderation during the writing process.

You spent some time with Paul McCartney, how did that come about, what was he like?

I studied music at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, which Sir Paul opened and helps fund. The building we studied in is his old school, funnily enough.
Every year he comes back to the University and picks a handful of songwriters to work with and listen to their material. I was lucky enough to be chosen!
I played him ‘Lavender’ on the piano and by the second chorus he was singing along with me. It ended up him on piano and me on sax and we wrote a new bridge together. He actually heavily praised the song, which was a crazy moment for me to process.
He is honestly the most wonderful man. He was so giving with his time, there was no ego, just the most amazing musical wisdom.
It was the most incredible experience I think I’ve had as a musician and I feel so grateful that he connected with what I do.

And Tricky?

As I’m a huge Massive Attack and Tricky fan, it was an incredible honour to work and perform with such a legend. We kind of co-wrote a track together in 2013, so I ended up guest singing with him at a show in Manchester. He’s a captivating performer and a real musical originator, so the whole experience was amazing for me to learn from.
The show ended up with a 50-person stage invasion, so it’s safe to say it was a success!

What’s next for MV?

I’m touring festivals heavily throughout the summer, but the single, fingers crossed, should be out in May/June, with an album in early 2016. I’m confirming a few tours and support shows soon too, so keep an eye out on social media for all show announcements.

Beach or city? Dorset or Liverpool? Red or Blue (or even Cherries)?

Man, that’s hard! As stunning as Sandbanks and Bournemouth beach are, for musical reasons, nothing beats cities like New York, Bristol, Brighton etc.
I’m going with Dorset, despite how amazing Liverpool is. The Purbecks have such a spiritual hold on me it’s hard to be away from them for too long. For instance, Corfe Castle is a special place for me and actually, just walking around the village can act as a great stimulant for writing songs.
I’m a Tottenham fan through and through, but of course it’s wonderful to see the Cherries doing so well. My Mum actually taught Eddie Howe at school, so there’s a bit of a family connection to AFCB.

Grooves on the Green
11, 12 July 2015
Grooves on the Green in Dorset’s best community festival and features live music n two stages, a kidzone and a local beer and food festival. As in previous years £1 from every ticket sold will be donated to Diverse Abilities Plus. Advance tickets are available from Le Bateau and Leader & Co.
Day tickets £5 adults (U16 £3m U5 free) available in advance from Le Bateau and Leader & Co. £1 from every ticket goes to Diverse Abilities Plus.
Full line up: Saturday – Baker Brothers, G13, Afro Tallawah, Sunstone Collective, Kaia, Krista Green & the Bees. Sunday – Mutant Vinyl, Duveaux, Signals, Fearne, Wikkaman.

For more information regarding Diverse Abilities Plus visit, or call 01202 718266.

13/04/15: Grooves on the Green

Grooves on the Green

Ashley Cross

11 & 12 July 2015




The public has spoken! Dorset’s best community festival, Grooves on the Green is delighted to introduce Lee Rasdall-Dove and The Daisie Ukuladies, the first acts to be chosen by public vote for this year’s bill.

Lee Rasdall-Dove

Music student Lee’s sharp indie folk is just beginning to make an impact on the wider world and he’s already in demand at festivals up and down the country; while The Daisie Ukuladies are four females of the species who manage to imbue covers of classics ancient and modern with that special ukulele charm.

Both entered the Calling contest run by the Daily Echo to win places on the Calling Stage at Grooves on the Green run by Si Genaro, whose second appearance on The Voice this year was marked by giving him his email address and insisting they keep in touch.

“The Calling has gone out far and wide and the standard of entries has been amazing,” says festival director Michael Callaghan. “Not only that, but it has generated a real buzz locally as music fans have been logging on to listen to the tunes and vote on who they’d like to see at Grooves. Now they can do it all again this month, we can’t wait to hear what comes next.”

Lee Rasdall-Dove and The Daisie Ukuladies are joining a bill that is already shaping up to be the strongest in the 15-year history of Grooves on the Green.

The main stage, programmed by Solid Air, Conrad Barr’s bastion of the Bournemouth live music music, is headlined on Saturday by the incredible Dorset-based five-piece funk collective the Baker Brothers who are making time to play the local show as part of the international promotional schedule for their latest album, Hear No Evil.

“We love Grooves on the Green because it really is our local festival – my grandmother used to walk me round the park in the pushchair!” says drummer Chris Pedley*. “Many of our friends who supported us over the years are still local and have families now so may not be able to make it to shows in other parts of the country/world, which makes Grooves on the Green a great opportunity to check in with our nearest and dearest.”

The Baker Brothers, who enjoy huge followings in Japan and continental Europe, will bring the house down on a Saturday bill that also numbers slinky jazz/d&b fusionists G13, Afro-Cubano-reggae mixers Afro Tallawah, south coast funk folk Sunstone Collective, jazz-soul-blues chanteuse Kaia and local busking favourites Krista Green & the Bees.

The Baker Brothers

With its own food beer and food festival supported by a host of local producers, Grooves on the Green runs from noon until 7pm each day and early bird tickets will go on sale in May from Le Bateau, opposite the festival site on Ashley Cross Green.

As in previous years £1 from every ticket sold will be donated to Diverse Abilities Plus, which helps children and adults in Dorset who live with profound disability. The charity has received more than £9,000 over the last two years from its association with Grooves on the Green.

Baker Bros Q&A

Natural born party starters the Baker Brothers are heading back to Grooves on the Green in July for an all too rare hometown show.
The band enjoy huge cult followings in Japan and continental Europe and released their seventh album ‘Hear No Evil’ to widespread acclaim last year. It’s heavy hitting funky flavours provide all the indication – as if any were needed – that the Grooves crowd is in for a real treat when the Bakers headline the main stage on Saturday night.
As they begin the build up to a series summer and autumn of gigging this year, the band’s engine room – bassist Chris Pedley and drummer Ted Carrasco – took time out to field a few questions.

If ever a daylight hours music festival was made for the Baker Bros it’s Grooves on the Green – you’ve played it before, what do you love about it?

We love it because it really is our local festival, my grandmother used to walk me round the park in the pushchair. Many of our friends who supported us over the years are still local and have families now so may not be able to make it to shows in other parts of the country/world, GOTG is a great opportunity to check in with our nearest and dearest.

You’re always pretty busy, what have you got planned this year?

For this album release, we’ve decided to start our own record label (Fish Legs Records). In addition to the actual recording process, the label work has meant a lot has been happening behind the scenes. After all that, we’re looking forward to getting back to the stage later in 2015 and satisfying our need for a full dancefloor!

The latest album’s called ‘Hear No Evil’, but what are fans going to see from you at Grooves?

We’re really excited about playing this album live. We had a very positive and overwhelming response from our friends in Japan, which has given us even more confidence to smash it at home. It was written for the stage and we’ve had a lot of fun playing it so far. There will of course be some classic gems in there from our back catalogue. We like to keep it fresh so anything can happen!

You’re almost the same age as Grooves, which celebrates its 15th birthday this year – any special band celebrations planned?

Nah… we’re not very sentimental… I think our tenth anniversary passed a few years back (2012 possibly), but we’re happy to concentrate on playing music, that’s celebration enough! I imagine that at some point we’ll release a retrospective best of album.

How did you discover The Funk?

It’s not commonly known that Bournemouth has a long legacy of funk/soul and hip hop on the underground. Second to None, legends of breakdancing worldwide, hail from Bournemouth and I remember aged three sitting in my pram (again) next to the Pier, seeing Pete doing head spins on a piece of lino stolen from Daryl’s mum’s kitchen, popping along to The Incredible Bongo Band.
Avid Records at the Triangle was also a big influence. Respect to the people that are still pushing the soulful side of music in the area!
As a band I think we all came to it in different ways and at different times in our lives, but there is a common thread with James Brown and Sly Stone. Growing up as children of the 80s, we were also influenced by artists such as Prince and Kool & the Gang, whose impact we may not have fully appreciated until later in life.
We also are thinking less and less about genre labels and appreciating the funkiness from stuff that may not necessarily be associated with Funk… things like ‘Trampled Underfoot’ by Led Zeppelin or ‘Chuck E’s in Love’ by Ricky Lee Jones. One of the things that adds to our sound is the fact that our influences are quite wide and we find ourselves listening to, writing and playing music that inspires us at any given time. Hopefully you too!

You’re nothing if not prolific with seven (count ’em!) albums to your name, where does the inspiration come from?

It’s hard to say where inspiration comes from at any given time. The songs on this album deal with a variety of non-musical topics from the trials and tribulations of making a living and supporting a family as a musician to the travesties that our politicians, bankers and world leaders get us into… and, of course, love.
Although we’re not sure they’ve got a place in our Desert Island Discs just yet, some recent musical influences have included D’Angelo and the Vanguard ‘Black Messiah’, Vulfpeck ‘Fugue State’ and John Scofield’s ‘Juice’. If you get a chance you should check out The Mighty Sceptres on Ubiquity Records out of California. Their album has just been released and was produced by our very own Chris Pedley and mixed by Jamie Cullum collaborator, Nostalgia 77.

If you had to pick a career highlight to date what would it be and why?

We’re just happy to be here, making music, although we had an amazing time playing at the Sunset Live festival in Japan during the ‘Time to Testify’ tour in August of 2011. Filling up Ronnie Scott’s was also a particular highlight closer to home.
We’ve been lucky to play in some beautiful places all over the world and we love every minute of it!

It must be odd drawing huge crowds in Japan but enjoying more of a cult following at home – what’s it like dipping in and out of the two worlds?

We feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to visit and work in Japan. The country and its culture and people are beautiful and we’re so happy to be able to make music there. We get very well looked after and everyone is so welcoming.
Touring and playing closer to home takes a bit more determination and dedication, but the people that make it to the shows are always more happy by the end of the evening, so that’s us having achieved what we set out to do, no matter what the scale.

A message for your local fans…?

Support live music of all sorts! It sounds like a cliché, but the saying ‘use it or loose it’ is more relevant now than it ever has been. There’s a lot of great talent right outside your door so get yourselves down to some local venues and support those artists!

Grooves on the Green
11, 12 July
noon to 7pm
Ashley Cross Green, Poole

01/04/15: New album from Dani Wild

Over the past 10 years Blues and Country singer-songwriter Dani Wilde has performed at hundreds of venues and festivals across Europe, America, Canada and Africa; from the main stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall, to the slum communities of Kenya, to Times Square – New York City.

Wilde has secured three number one’s in the Official I-tunes Blues Music Charts (Two self penned songs and a cover of The Rolling Stones “Bitch’ as part of the girl group “Girls With Guitars”). She has also crossed over to the European Country Charts Top 40 placing her alongside Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift in Luxembourg and Switzerland. Radio play internationally has included many a live session for The Paul Jones Show on BBC Radio 2 and Bill Wax’s XFM Bluesville show in the USA.

On her travels, Wilde has performed as the opening act for the likes of Jools Holland, Nazareth, Johnny Winter, Journey, Foreigner, Maddie Prior (Steeleye Span) and Robben Ford, to name but a few. She has also performed on The Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise alongside her hero’s Bobby Blue Bland, Bobby Womack and Taj Mahal. Live collaborations have included sharing the stage with Pee Wee Ellis at Womad Festival, Christopher Holland, Samantha Fish (Girls With Guitars) and Sue Foley as well as recording with top producers from Stuart Dixon to the legendary Mike Vernon (Clapton/Fleetwood Mac).

Wilde has released three solo studio albums plus the ‘Girls with guitars’ album for Ruf Records (Luther Alison/Jimmy Vaughan/Louisiana Red). She also manages her own independent record label “Bri-Tone Records”.

A passionate advocate for the charity ‘Moving Mountains’ Dani Wilde is also recognised for her humanitarian work fighting to prevent child poverty in Kenya.

Wilde’s new album “Songs about you” will be release this April. The record has been described as “An honest and intimate songbook combining country, blues and gospel into spellbinding melodies and grooves.” Wilde gives a matured and moving vocal performance and demonstrates her best song-writing yet.
Producer Stuart Dixon captures a magical performance on the record pulling in some the UK’s top session players including Fergus Gerrand on drums (Madonna/Sting), Roger Inniss on bass (Chaka Khan), Janos Barrista on piano (Jimmy Ruffin), Greg Coulson on Organ (The Selecter), and Bethany Porter on Cello (Peter Gabriel/Kula Shaker).

3 random things you might not know about Dani Wilde:
• She sometimes lectures at Britain and Ireland’s Modern Music Institute
• When she is not touring the world with her band, Wilde performs as a high soprano in a Russian Choir singing Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky
• She has a 1st Class BA HONS Degree and her dissertation was on the subject of using music as a fundraising tool to provide music education in slum communities in Kenya.

Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker, Sam Brown, Susan Tedeschi, Lyle Lovett, Foy Vance, Albert Collins, Peter Green, Nora Jones, KT Tunstall, Patty Griffin, Ed Sheeran, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, Little Michael Jackson, Bill Withers, Donny Hathaway, Patsy Cline, Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, Cyndi Lauper, Vanessa Williams, Oleta Adams, Johnny Cash, Carole King, Joni Mitchell

2015 Concert Dates
07.04.2015 D-79312 Emmendingen – Mehlsack
08.04.2015 D-79400 Kandern – Chabah
09.04.2015 D-90762 Fürth – Kofferfabrik
Weissenwolff, Steyregg
11.04.2015 D-82392 Habach – Village
13.04.2015 D-56112 Lahnstein – JUKZ
14.04.2015 D-35578 Wetzlar – Franzis
15.04.2015 LU- Luxemburg – Brasserie le Neumunster
16.04.2015 Belami, Hamburg, Germany
17.04.2015 D-21647 Moisburg – Kultur Punkt Moisburg
22.04.2015 NL-7521 VN Enschede – Nix & Meer
23.04.2015 D-40789 Monheim am Rhein – Klangsaiten
24.04.2015 D-59557 Lippstadt – INkultur
25.04.2015 D-70186 Stuttgart – Laboratorium

09/3/15: Grooves on the Green

Ashley Cross

11 & 12 July 2015


With more than £9,000 raised for Diverse Abilities Plus, Dorset’s best community festival Grooves on the Green is hoping to celebrate its 15th anniversary this year with a bumper donation.

“It would be amazing if we could top the £10,000 mark this year,” says Janice Crump who, with her husband Richard, started Grooves in 2000 and has been raising funds for Diverse Abilities Plus, Dorset’s disability charity, by attracting people to Ashley Cross as a thriving cultural hub.

Janice and Richard’s eldest son Brandon suffered a brain haemorrhage at birth and has a rare and severe form of epilepsy that is difficult to treat. Now nine years old, Brandon uses the Shapes domiciliary care that Diverse Abilities Plus provides. Sally, from the charity, supports Brandon at home, as well as taking him for day trips.

Brandon also attends Baden Powell School and with a full time one-to-one support teacher is doing extremely well.

“Thanks to the support we get from Diverse Abilities Plus, we are much more in control as a family,” says Janice. “Brandon is making some great friends; his epilepsy is stable, allowing him to lead a normal and fulfilling life.”

With his younger brother Callum, Brandon likes nothing more than to enjoy some fun in the sun over the Grooves weekend.

“We love live music and we love Ashley Cross, so Grooves on the Green seemed an obvious way we could celebrate this marvellous community and support Diverse Abilities Plus by raising money to help support other children with medical and health issues,” adds Janice.

The money raised will be able to further support the work of the Children’s Team at Diverse Abilities Plus, from helping fund overnight care at Smithers, the charity’s children’s respite home, to contributing towards the cost of one-to-one holiday activities for disabled children.

The two-day, family-friendly Grooves on the Green gathering on Ashley Cross Green features music on two stages with other attractions including a local food and drink festival, sports on the Green, alternative therapies and the popular Kidzone with lots of activities to keep younger groovers happy.

Programmed by Solid Air, the Main Stage is headlined by the fabulous Baker Brothers on Saturday. The Dorset-based, five-piece funk collective enjoys a huge following in Japan and continental Europe but is less well known in their homeland, despite the best efforts of celebrity fans such as Craig Charles.

The Calling Stage will be hosted by Si Genaro, fresh from his recent appearance on The Voice, which resulted in giving Si his email address and insisting they stay in touch. The Calling Stage will be programmed in part by the result of a public vote in partnership with the Daily Echo and the local food beer and food festival is being supported by a host of local producers.

Grooves on the Green runs from noon until 7pm each day and early bird tickets will go on sale in May from Le Bateau, Ashley Cross. As in previous years £1 from every ticket sold will be donated to Diverse Abilities Plus.

23/02/15: Grooves on the Green

Ashley Cross

11 & 12 July 2015

noon to 7pm

The Fabulous Baker Brothers

Dorset’s most chilled out music festival, Grooves on the Green is to celebrate its 15th anniversary this year with its strongest-ever bill.

The two-day, family-friendly gathering on Ashley Cross Green features music on two stages with other attractions including a local food and drink festival, sports on the Green, alternative therapies and the popular Kidzone with lots of activities to keep the youngest groovers happy.

“Grooves is a great day out for families, music fans and even families of music fans, everyone loves it,” says festival director Michael Callaghan. “Although it’s real community event, people come from far and near to soak up the relaxed atmosphere, meet friends and hear some amazing music in the great outdoors – it’s a like a dress rehearsal for the big summer festivals.”

Programmed by Solid Air, the Main Stage is headlined by the fabulous Baker Brothers on Saturday. The Dorset-based, five-piece funk collective enjoys a huge following in Japan and continental Europe but is less well known in their homeland, despite the best efforts of celebrity fans such as Craig Charles. With seven albums to their name, the most recent Hear No Evil won plaudits from no lesser luminaries than Keb Darge, Mr Scruff and ?uestlove, the Boys have opened shows for Jools Holland and the legendary Sly & the Family Stone and worked with guests including Hamish Stuart of the Average White Band and Vanessa Freeman of Reel People.

The Calling Stage will be hosted by Si Genaro, fresh from his recent appearance on The Voice, which resulted in giving Si his email address and insisting they stay in touch. The Calling Stage will be programmed in part by the result of a public vote in partnership with the Daily Echo and the local food beer and food festival is being supported by a host of local producers.

Grooves on the Green runs from noon until 7pm each day and early bird tickets will go on sale in May from Le Bateau, Ashley Cross. As in previous years £1 from every ticket sold will be donated to Dorset disability charity, Diverse Abilities Plus, which has received more than £9,000 over the last two years from its association with Grooves on the Green.

23/12/14: FNUK

Please note that there will be no FNUK at The Dean Park Inn on Monday 29th Jan. The Monday nights start again on Jan 5th 2015 with the Ian Ellis Quartet. Thank you all for your support and please keep coming along for the best in Jazz and Blues.

15/11/14: The Levellers and Bellowhead

Veteran Folk-Rockers the Levellers have teamed up multi-BBC Folk Award winners Bellowhead, to record a fantastic new version of their cautionary tale of all things alcoholic, Just The One.

As part of their recent Greatest Hits Collaborations project, Levellers offered Bellowhead completely free reign to rearrange their 1995 hit in any way they saw fit. They accordingly transformed Just The One to into raucous, bombastic hoedown where Bellowhead frontman Jon Boden sings the lead vocals, accompanied by no less than thirteen backing musicians from both bands.

Recorded 'live' at the Levellers own Metway Studios in just one day, the performance was a huge challenge for producer Sean Lakeman just to fit everyone into the same studio, let alone record them.

Jeremy Cunningham, Levellers Bass player describes the recording as, "Organised chaos...Just to get about thirteen people - all of us and all of them - in our studio and playing live all at the same time. It was a logistical nightmare but we managed to pull it off."

Jon Boden says, Bellowhead frontman says, "As a Levellers fan myself from way back it's a thrill that we've have been asked to do this. Levellers and Bellowhead collaborating on a song about drinking. Who would have thought it!?"

A strictly limited edition Blue coloured 7" vinyl version is being released, alongside a CD single, a digital download bundle and a Spotify EP.

The original version of Just The One appeared on the Levellers' fourth and most successful album Zeitgeist, which debuted at Number One on the UK album chart in September 1995. Released as a single featuring the legendary Joe Strummer on piano, it earned Levellers two appearances on Top Of The Pops and reached Number 12, making it the Levellers highest charting single to date.

Just The One is the fourth and final track in a series of collaborations to be released by the Levellers as part of their Top 40 charting Greatest Hits album, which was released on September 29th. The album includes every single and video ever released by the band. Both the newly recorded collaborations and the original versions appear on the album.

Levellers are on an major UK tour during November, supported by The Selecter & She Makes War. They have also announced an extensive UK 2015 where they will screen their documentary film, A Curious Life (directed by Chumbawumba's Dunstan Bruce), followed by a full band acoustic performance.

08/10/14: Radio Play for new and upcoming bands -

02/06/14: Poze - new web site!

Local legendary Dorset rockers Poze have been in touch about their new web site which you can visit here: Further gig dates will be coming towards the end of the year.



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22/02/14: Andy McKee Dolfin Music Interview Friday 21st February 2014 with Rebecca Fludgate

Virtuoso acoustic finger style guitarist Andy McKee spent some time with me today to discuss his writing, music and influences. His wife has recently given birth and he told me his new baby is doing well and said “Mama” for the first time yesterday! Andy is touring here in the UK in March – he is still currently in the States though and we held the interview using Skype.

I started the interview by asking him, Joe Satriani and Iron Maiden are influences of yours, which two songs influenced you the most?
Andy, “I'd say from Iron Maiden it would be "wasted Years" and "Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner" and then on Satriani probably "Cryin'" and "War".”

When you write / play new material does the inspiration for it seem spiritual?

“Yes, I guess you could say that. It feels like it comes from some place special for sure, and I don't know how to describe it exactly. It feels like these songs just sort of arrive. And when I share them with people it feels like something universal”

You made a comment on Pirate Bay about people downloading your music illegally - how do you feel about this now? What response did you get?
Andy, “I still feel the same way, I just can't process the thinking that takes place when people download things illegally. Either people don't understand or they don't care, all I can do it try to let people know that downloading mp3's illegally directly affects me and my family and how we manage to live. I haven't heard too much of a response personally. At least let me try to make an income on the mp3's!”

You're playing a number of dates in the UK - is there a favourite place in the UK you like to visit?
“Oh, for sightseeing? Yes, Chatsworth House. Yeah, a fan told my wife and me about it several years ago and we just fell in love with the place. The outdoors areas and the landscaping is just so breathtaking for us. We've been to quite a few places and even joined the Heritage Society so we could look around. Chatsworth really sticks with us though. Nothing like it in America, that's for sure.”

How did it feel when your videos took off?

Andy “Well, it was exciting. I didn't really know what it meant at the time, and I guess no one really did. You tube was quite new at that time. But when I started to get opportunities to perform I was just stunned. One of the first opportunities that came up was to open for Tommy Emmanuel in the UK. I was really excited for that; he's one of the best in the world.”

Are you writing any new material? Do you write all the time or take a break for a while if touring?

Andy, “Yes, I took a lot of 2013 off from serious touring and was working on new material and had the baby and all that. I've got an EP coming out later this month or early March. It's got 4 tracks on it; one piano piece, two solo guitar pieces, and a track with acoustic guitar, piano, and electric guitar. When I am touring, I definitely have a hard time composing. I am planning on releasing EP's for the foreseeable future so I can get music out more often, but in smaller packages.”

That sounds cool, the pieces you write are very involved so an EP is quite similar to an album with the amount of work that goes into it

Andy, “Well, thanks! I like to think it's more about quality than quantity.”

Are you collaborating with any other musicians or bands at all?

Andy, “At the moment no, but I really want to. I've talked about it with some of my musician friends and they are all interested in working together too so it's gonna happen. Would love to do some stuff with Eric Johnson, John Petrucci, Antoine Dufour. Just got to make it happen.”


“Yeah! No doubt, I am very excited about that”

So am I! Do you miss playing heavy metal / electric guitar at all?

Andy, “Sometimes. I will play at home sometimes still. Also, I do have an electric guitar solo on the EP that's coming up. It's titled "Mythmaker" btw, the EP. I have a close relationship with Ernie Ball/Musicman now and I've gotten a few guitars from them, definitely keeps me interested. But, I would also say that I have a hard time feeling like I have something special to contribute on the electric guitar. Maybe I am too hard on myself. But there are just SO many excellent electric guys out there

Yes I can understand that I guess. We recently had the Folk Awards and the Brit Awards here a couple of days ago, is there anyone around at the moment you rate as an up and coming new artist?

Andy, “Sure! Two of my favourite guys these days are both UK guitarists. Jon Gomm and Mike Dawes. These guys are really talented and deserve a lot of attention in my opinion. The UK has always had a great tradition of producing some of the world's finest guitarists and these two guys continue that tradition very well!” :)

Andy is touring the UK in March and is playing The Tivoli Theatre on Friday 14th March.

Tickets for all dates available from

25/01/14: He stole the show! Si Genero on BBC's The Voice

Last night, Bournemouth's very own superbly talented Si Genero appeared on BBC's The Voice where he performed the Men At Work single Land Down Under. The judges didn't turn but then after snuggling into Will I Am;s chair for a while he went on to entertain us brilliantly with a rendition of chicken train - this has now gone on to trend on Twitter and Facebook.

Si is a mulit-instrumentalist and songwriter and has toured supporting David Essex amongst other musical exploits. He currently has a new song out (Land Down Under) produced by Anthony Lewis, also from Bournemouth - check it out here


24/01/14: The BriT has arrived!!!!
Launching Feb 1st 2014
What are we?
A traditional London style pub with a modern edgy twist
The BriT Grill HouSe restaurant, with bohemian decor and rustic grill menu

what to expect?
A venue that exudes atmosphere, a pub with soul and personality that will never cease to amaze!
Strong cocktails, strong personalities and an unforgettable atmosphere

what is to come?
Live music nights
Comedy & Cabaret nights
Live sports
Sunday carvery
Outside BBQ in the summer months
What we offer?
Large outside garden
A friendly pub, where families & dogs are welcome
Free WIFi
Great Coffee
Car park

It’s all about the people, real people!!!
We will be open 7 days a week with food available all day.
Open 12pm - late
For more information and the ‘what’s on’ listing
Please call 01202 740046
20 Britannia Road, Ashley Cross, Lower Parkstone, Poole BH14 8BB
Little BriT about us….
The BriT, situated inside the old Britannia Pub, in Ashley Cross, with a capacity of over 300, is the largest venue in Lower Parkstone. It has a large outside decked area, for Sunny afternoons and smokers, and a large car park at the rear.
The Venue will be split into three different areas, the Grill HouSe restaurant, The Snug cocktail Lounge and The BriT Bar; allowing us to utilize the space for numerous events, comedy, cabaret, weddings and private hire.
We will be a live venue, hosting numerous Live Sporting events, Live Music, featuring local musicians, as well as top end international artists, hosting different types of music genre’s for everyone’s tastes. From, jazz, swing, Rock ‘n’ Roll, acoustic, soul, DJ’s to cabaret evenings with a touch of finesse
The Bar will be stocked with unique and interesting beverages, a wine menu to suit everyone’s tastes and budgets. Hosting a selection of real ales and boutique beers and an exciting cocktail menu to entice the Ladies who ‘DO’ lunch
The BriT is influenced by the old style London pub, but with a modern twist. An alternative venue with a raw and eclectic edge, we will be everything that IS British!!!
The exciting and exhilarating aspects of this venue is that it transcends beyond just decorations and moves into real life, it’s all about people.

The Grill HouSe restaurant, will be open to the public from 7th Feb
The menu will be a modern British Grill style menu, using all seasonal locally sourced produce. A mouth-watering taste sensation that will appeal to a diverse clientele, we will be offering good quality home cooked food, with an edgy rustic feel.
Our Grill HouSe Menu will be available from 6pm - 9pm, with a lighter BriT Bar menu available in the afternoon, between 12pm – 6pm.
We are launching Live Sunday Carvery from Sunday 23rd Feb, with live music every week
For bookings, please call 01202 740046

What’s to come?
The BriT, intention is to give our customers a reason to get up and go out!!!
· Live @ the cross – Live music every Friday night 8pm till late
· Live Sports – we are going to be showing all the big sporting events with SKY, please check our sport schedule for listings.
· ½ price cocktails Mon – Thurs 5pm – 7pm, come check out our bespoke cocktail range
· Rubyz legendary Dame Kitty, will be making an appearance at the end of Feb, check event guide for dates.

Funnybone comedy is coming to The BriT!!!!
Funnybone Comedy Club to appear at the Brit every Thursday from 27th February 2014 Three Headline comedians every night plus compare
Doors open from 7pm
Ticket £10 show only,£15 with meal or you can opt for £20 to include 3 course dinner in the GriLL HouSe and show

Valentine Night The BriT GriLL HouSe, romantic lovers night.

Tickets £20 per. Person, to include a 3 course dinner and glass of bubbles

Live music with the amazing Miss Annie

For more information about our event, please check our website or event schedule

Bring on The BriT!!!



Iconic Ska Legends The Selecter have announced that they will celebrate their 35th anniversary with an extensive 26-date UK tour in February, March and April 2014, performing their seminal debut album ‘Too Much Pressure’ in its entirety for the first time ever.

Released on the legendary 2-Tone label, ‘Too Much Pressure’ was a Top 5 selling album featuring a host of timeless classics, including ‘Three Minute Hero’, ‘Missing Words’ and course ‘Too Much Pressure’ - all of which were released on Top 40 charting singles.

The 'Too Much Pressure' 35th Anniversary Tour will also feature an extended encore of hits and live favorites from across The Selecter’s extensive 35-year spanning back catalogue, including their timeless debut 1979 Top 10 smash hit, ‘On My Radio’, right up to the this year’s critically acclaimed ‘String Theory’.

Pauline Black says, "We thought our 35th anniversary would be the perfect time to revisit our very first album Too Much Pressure and perform it in full...for the very first time! We can't wait to get on the road to bring our message of multiculturalism from across 4 decades to venues up and down the land. See you there!"

The past few years have seen a huge resurgence in the popularity of The Selecter, with new material being released alongside a relentless touring schedule which has taken the band play numerous gigs and festivals across Europe, undertake no less than 3 trips to the USA (including being picked as the Desert Sun’s highlight of the 2013 Coachella festival) and even performing as far afield as Australia and Canada.

Still as outspoken and politically articulate as ever, The Selecter are both tied to, and very proud of, their past, to the acknowledgement of 2-Tone and all that it meant to their fans and the wider music community.


27th Feb Guildhall Gloucester 01452 503050
28th Feb Princess Pavilion Falmouth 01326 211222
1st March O2 Academy Liverpool 0844 477 2000
2nd March O2 Academy Sheffield 0844 477 2000
6th March Komedia Bath 0845 413 4444
7th March Pavilion Exmouth 01395 222477
8th March Wedgewood Rooms Portsmouth 023 9286 3911
9th March O2 Academy Oxford 0844 477 2000
13th March O2 Academy Birmingham 0844 477 2000
14th March 229 Club London 020 7323 7229
15th March The Globe Cardiff 07590 471888
16th March Old Firestation Bournemouth 0844 477 2000
20th March Assembly Leamington Spa 0844 854 1358
21st March Rock City Nottingham 0845 413 4444
22nd March Brudenell Leeds 0113 245 5570
23rd March Sub 89 Reading 0118 959 5395
27th March Trades Club Hebdon Bridge 01422 845 265
28th March Brickyard Carlisle 08444 77 1000
29th March Windsor Hotel Kirkcaldy 0844 477 1000
30th March ABC2 Glasgow 0844 477 2000
3rd April The Square Harlow 01279 305 000
4th April Open Norwich 01603 763111
5th April Concorde 2 Brighton 01273 673 311
11th April Band On The Wall Manchester 0845 2500 500
12th April The Grand Clitheroe 01200 421599
13th April O2 Academy Newcastle 0844 477 2000

Tickets also available from See Tickets, Gigantic and Ticketweb


07/01/14: SATURDAY SUN - Orixé Tour

Saturday Sun: Alex Hedley - vocals & guitar, Bill Merrick - guitar, Tobias Fitton - bass and Allan Varnfield - drums.
On 3rd January Saturday Sun were voted The Guardians new band of the day: and just one day later were featured by The Financial Times: - Please click the links to see the online features.

In 2010 Saturday Sun began as an open-ended acoustic jam session between two like-minded music fans, Merrick and
Hedley. As the duo’s sound grew into something more sonically encompassing, the band likewise expanded into the
present plugged-in line-up of today. Saturday Sun's name is taken from the Nick Drake song but their sound, while
channeling 60‘s acoustic music , leans towards a folk, rock and blues fusion recalling John Martyn (and hinting at
Saturday Sun’s love also of 60’s rock) the early psychedelia of Pink Floyd.
In 2012 Saturday Sun released their debut EP: Seagull. A low-key release on their own label ‘Viva La Fleetwood’,
which is the nickname given to Merrick’s home-caravan, situated on the grounds of a derelict Swanage school in which
they spent their first two years rehearsing and recording.
The EP’s title track was included in the soundtrack of independent horror film ‘House at the End of the Street’ and
appeared on the US ABC Network show ‘Twisted’. It was also awarded Q Magazine ‘Track of the Day’, with iTunes
making the entire EP one of their homepage Recommended Releases. The limited run of EPs sold out in a matter of
weeks. During this time, Saturday Sun were invited to record coveted sessions of 3 tracks, one of which has now
received over 82,000 views. 11,000 of which occurred within week one of the session airing.
2013 has seen Saturday Sun tour extensively, playing The Eden Project twice, (once as support to Sigur Ros) The
Larmer Tree Festival, Beautiful Days, Gold Coast Festivals, numerous East London gigs as part of the Independent
Artists Movement and most recently as support to Nordic Giants. Saturday Sun’s vocalist Hedley also collaborated on
the Nordic Giants recent Violent Lights track.
In-between gigs, Saturday Sun spent 2013 laying the finishing touches to their debut Orixé album. The album was
recorded between a cave in the cliffs near Swanage, the aforementioned derelict school, a dark dank cellar somewhere
in East London, a studio above a shopping precinct near Southampton and in the basement of Producer John
Cornfield’s house. Cornfield (Muse, Oasis, The Stone Roses) also mastered the entire album, and co-produced parts,
with other tracks being recorded with Gareth Matthew and Erik Mikalsen.
The album artwork is an elaborate piece by award-winning US artist Adonna Khare, giving Saturday Sun the inspiration
to release the album in 3-parts, alongside sections of the artwork, prior to Orixé’s official release.
The official release of Orixé, the debut album from Saturday Sun, will take place on Monday 13th January from Viva
La Fleetwood Records.




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A short movie made by a local film company chronicaling Swanage Blues Festival in October 2013



Noir rock and rollers Black Rooster Black Shag’s debut single Amsterdam is a dark, delicate waltzing blues / rock number, lyrically eloquent and with strong vocals and instrumentation which is illustrated well with an artistic video shot in black and white. The band are #1 in Brighton but are playing The Cellar Bar in Bournemouth on Thursday 19th September at The Cellar Bar (8:00 pm, 529 Christchurch Rd, Boscombe, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 4AG)

Have a look at the video:

02/09/13: PAINT IT BLUE

Paint It Blue write to you from the Greek island of Zakynthos. We are fortunate to be staying on this beautiful island leading up to a concert on Thursday 5th Sept at Logos Bar:

The reason we have come to this Zakynthos is to perform to raise awareness for the conservation and protection of turtles that hatch on the beaches of Zakynthos. See for more details on the work Yannis and the team do at Gerakas beach and beyond.

Check out our photo album on Facebook and see what we're up to:

Favour the Brave Promotions in conjunction with EOI Productions

Since the July release of their debut single ‘Amsterdam’, Brighton based guitar rock band Black Rooster Black Shag have been creating a stir in their hometown. In its second week of release their debut was sent to # 1 on the local Latest7 Music chart, where it still remains. To celebrate Black Rooster Black Shag will be showcasing their raw sexually charged soundtracks across the UK this autumn with a national tour just announced.
Described as ‘Rock n Roll Noir’ and with radio already likening them to “The Kills meets Jefferson Airplane in a dirty coal mine” (D. Shier / Reverb Radio), Black Rooster Black Shag features girl/boy vocals drenched in layers of searing guitars, underpinned by melodic bass lines and heavy rhythms.
The band was conceived when award winning Canadian/Kiwi songstress Mirika (vocals/bass) and acclaimed British/Australian troubadour JJ Symon (vocals / guitar) were trapped in an eighth floor apartment during a street flood in Melbourne, Australia. As they watched cars sinking and people swimming, they spoke of their shared love for garage rock, post-punk blues and 50s inspired harmonies. By the times the rains had stopped, Black Rooster Black Shag was born.
Completed by drummer Dan Brown (Sweet Sweet Lies) and guitarist Mitchell Turner (Shake 101), Black Rooster Black Shag’s raw and frenetic live shows have been rapturously received with growing numbers of music fans eager to catch a glimpse of these rising stars.
This Autumn Favour the Brave Promotions in conjunction with EOI Productions, present Black Rooster Black Shag touring the UK
Fri 6th Sept: Brighton @ The Prince Albert, 8pm
Tues 17th Sept: Eastbourne @ Buskers Bar, 8pm
Thurs 19th Sept: Bournmouth @ The Bournemouth Cellar Bar, 8pm
Sat 21st Sept: Hastings @ The Tubman
Fri 27th Sept: Doncaster @ Vintage Rock Bar
Sat 28th Sept: Sheffield @ Three Cranes
Sun 29th Sept: Nottingham @ The Golden Fleece
Monday, 07 Oct: Brighton @ The Green Door Store, 7:30 pm
For more info email or visit Listen and/or view debut single Amsterdam at:

27/08/13: Introducing…


Conceived amidst a haze of persuasive smoke and lonely Canadian highways, Shotaway claw their way from the depths of Southampton with delta-blues and urban-indie ambitions anthems in tow; sights firmly set on the trials of the road.

When guitarists Mark Thompson and Will Porter escaped to Canada with vocalist Sergei Bartlett in 2011, their rented car doubled as a place to lay their heads as they set out on the cavorting asphalt, lined by emerald ferns and azure waters. It was a time of musical and personal creation for the trio, exploring the guts of life and furthering their intrigue upon the hardships of rock and roll as a companion.

Immersing themselves in a journey, the very same that characterised their heroes of music’s most romanticised era, it was driven by the pursuit of mythology. Enriched by this journey, a tale was now cast upon the mountain peaks and inscribed on their souls. The greatest stories are told by those who have lived, those who have bled and those who have lost; so while countless hip-lipped kids pout their weak-kneed indie from their respective holes of solitude, Shotaway take a path travelled by those who have shaped our musical landscape, yet the dust remained settled until last year.

On their return to the U.K Serge’s brother, Chase Bartlett, was recruited to play bass and Dickie Preston joined on drums.

Within a short space of time, riffs pulled straight from the belly of the beast began to morph into the same growling fervour that runs through the veins of early Black Keys and into the polished gnarl of mid-70s rock and roll singers like Jimmy Hall and Daltry with a distinctly localised twist.

While Sergei’s bark howls triumphantly between Nazareth and Steve Marriot circa Humble Pie, the chugging guitars kick up dirt between ‘Molly’s Chambers’era Kings of Leon with an alliance to the Arctic Monkey’s eponymous debut album, ‘Whatever People Say I am…’. Releasing there much anticipated ’24 Hours Is a Short Day’ in February 2013 the band have jumped straight back in to the studio and have produced many more rock n roll tracks to be released.

After a year of plenty chaotic shows, the Shotaway journey is set to continue and stretch further a-field. And while the North American shores gave birth to this incendiary creation, the U.K looks set to mother it somewhere between the concrete jungle and the blues bars of Beale Street, Memphis.

25/07/13: Last Resort

10/07/13: Larmer Tree announces Imelda May as Saturday night headliner

Larmer Tree Festival 17th-21st July

Larmer Tree are thrilled to reveal their fifth music headliner; Imelda May will take to the Main Stage on Saturday 20th July. Bringing her signature rockabilly style and high-energy superstar stage-presence back to Larmer Tree, after her last spectacular appearance in 2011, the audience can expect to dance the night away. Imelda plays Larmer Tree two weeks before a gig with Bruce Springsteen in Ireland.
Richard Thompson Trio has also just been announced, joining the Thursday line-up, alongside Dexys and The Beat. Folk singer, guitarist and songwriter Richard has been hailed by Rolling Stone as one of the "Top 20 Guitarists of All Time". Performing as a trio, the audience can look forward to a fully-charged electric set on Thursday night, from this undisputed guitar legend.
It's not just about the music though – there’s Mark Kermode's Film Club and a packed programme of shows and activities for children and teenagers throughout the festival, plus a full programme of comedy still to be announced. Larmer Tree limits daily capacity to 4,000 and has avoided corporate sponsorship to retain its original ethos of relaxation, escapism and stress-free fun. Curated by a local team who are passionate about what they do, Larmer Tree is perfect for festival first-timers and veterans alike.
Unlike most festivals, camping for tents is included in the ticket price, so even one-day visitors can take advantage of the late night sessions.

2013 Music Line-up to Include:
Van Morrison, Dexys, Seasick Steve, Imelda May, Bellowhead, Richard Thompson Electric Trio, KT Tunstall, The Beat, Johnny Flynn & the Sussex Wit, The Bombay Royale, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Clinton Fearon, Sam Lee & Friends, Lau, Larkin Poe, Molotov Jukebox, Treetop Flyers, The Ben Waters Band, Blair Dunlop, Curtis Eller, Grupo Lokito, Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure for Kids, Megson, Moscow Drug Club, The Severed Limb, Marc O’Reilly, Keston Cobblers Club, Trevor Moss & Hannah Lou, By the Rivers, Three Cane Whale, The Kilcawley Family, Cowbell, Phil King We Used to Make Things, Nuala Honan, Thomas Ford, Ruth Theodore, Fran Smith, Maniere des Bohemiens, Disco’s Out (Murder’s In), Pachango, Tinderbox, The Woodland Creatures, Chris Woods, Pronghorn, Stone Donkey Pilots, Head North!, Flats & Sharps and Still Moving DJs.

2013 will continue with a great line up over four nights. Julia Safe, Larmer Tree's Co-Director and comedy programmer said: "We are very excited to have such a fantastic line-up this year and have a unique mix of well-known names and impressive emerging talent."

Heading up the comedy line-up and headlining at The ARC Comedy Club on Thursday is the wonderful Dylan Moran. Perrier winner Moran is a talented comedic actor and writer, finding fame for his BAFTA winning Channel 4 sitcom Black Books, and a film career including the hit UK comedies Shaun of the Dead and Run, Fat Boy Run. One of the best stand-ups of his generation, he has been referred to as 'The Oscar Wilde of Comedy' - a reference to the unkempt wordsmith's interesting take on everything from “vegetarians, middle-aged decline, Van Morrison and Tesco."

Saturday night will see the Nation’s favourite impressionist Alistair McGowan return to his stand-up roots. Best known for The Big Impression on BBC 1, he started his stand-up career at London's Comedy Store in the early nineties and went on to provide voices for Spitting Image. McGowan’s public profile has increased in many ways since then with appearances in Bleak House and Skins, stints as an author, playwright and journalist and appearances on TV shows such as Have I Got News for You, Live At The Apollo and A Question of Sport

The comedy talent is international this year with the third headliner Rich Hall, master of absurd irony, bringing his Hoedown show to Larmer Tree for the first time on Sunday night. A regular on shows such as QI and Have I Got News For You?, Hall’s Hoedown is a mixture of music, comedy, liquor and ‘spent dreams’ - Larmer Tree cannot wait to see him in action!

Topping off the headliners, performing on Friday night, are the fast paced sketch comedians Idiots of Ants. The four-piece formed in 2007 and one the highlights of their career was performing at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal alongside legends such as Bill Cosby, Jimmy Carr, Ross Noble and John Cleese (who even appeared in one of their sketches!) They are favourites on YouTube where their Facebook in Real Life and Wii Breakfast sketches are two of the most viewed comedy clips of all time.

Other performers to make sure you mark in the programme include Chortle 2013 Best Club Comic and Best Show Award winner Tony Law who brings his sense of the absurd to Larmer Tree on Friday, following his sell-out UK tour. Saturday night will see Doc Brown on stage. Rapper, actor, musician and authority on the hip hop scene, Doc Brown is a name to watch. He is hugely talented - he recently supported Ricky Gervais around the world, appeared on The Inbetweeners, Rev and Miranda and has worked with Mark Ronson, Lily Allen and the Kaiser Chiefs. His inspired show is a "seamless mix of truly inspired hip hop and stand up."

Rounding off the exiting comedy line-up for 2013 are: Ray Peacock, Patrick Monahan, The Noise Next Door, Jarlath Regan, Kieran Boyd, Mark Cooper-Jones, Paul Currie, Tommy Rowson and Matt Richardson.

There is also cracking comedic entertainment for children at the Comedy Club 4 Kids – held at The Social during the day, Larmer Tree have the best comedians performing brilliant comedy without the rude bits! What more could you possibly ask for?!

As always, comedy is just one part of the varied and eclectic programme of performances at Larmer Tree. Headline performances from Van Morrison, Dexys, Seasick Steve, Imelda May and Bellowhead are confirmed, together with some enduring Larmer Tree favourites such as the carnival, workshops and events such as the ever popular Marc Kermode's Film Club, which has Time and Time Travel as the theme this year. Larmer Tree’s favourite film critic presents a selection of his much-loved films in The Playground, where he will introduce many of them, providing some fascinating insights into the films and their makers.

2013 Comedy Line-up to Include:
Dylan Moran, Alistair McGowan, Rich Hall’s Hoedown, Idiots of Ants, Tony Law, Doc Brown, Ray Peacock, Patrick Monahan, The Noise Next Door, Jarlath Regan, Kieran Boyd, Mark Cooper-Jones, Paul Currie, Tommy Rowson, Matt Richardson, Comedy Club 4 Kids.

Date: Festival from Wednesday 17th- Sunday 21st July 2013
Ticket Options: Thursday-Sunday day tickets now available from £36 per adult, 3-day, 4-day, 5-day and Holiday Ticket (Monday 15th - Sunday 21st) options available – Adult weekend prices start at £140
Telephone Box Office: 023 8071 1820
Post Ticket South (MEL), Empire Lane, Southampton, SO15 1AP


09/07/13: NEW VIDEO RELEASE: Sunny Came Home (Shaun Colvin Cover) by Julie Staines and Carl Chamberlain

More videos are on our video playlist.


17/06/13: Developing music opportunities for children and young people across West Dorset and East Devon

B Sharp is delighted to offer a series of free music making sessions in June and July as part of a national strategy to provide more music making to even more young people in rural areas across West Dorset and East Devon.

Funded by Youth Music and working with wave arts education agency and Dorset and Devon Music services these sessions will be led by inspirational music leader John K Miles who has worked on numerous B Sharp projects, including Coastal Voices where he worked with 200 young singers to create On Golden Cap that was performed at Weymouth Beach for the opening of the Olympics.

These music sessions will take place in Beaminster, Bridport, Lyme Regis, Colyton and Seaton. Primary children ages 9-11 and senior school ages 11-19 are being invited to go along to any one. Organisers want people to know that these sessions are open to everybody whatever their music interests and experience.
“We want young musicians to come along who are already playing an instrument, percussion or singing, DJs and, this includes musicians of all levels, beginners to advanced. Marie Negus of B Sharp ‘There are only four steps to this process. Step 1. Go online and register your interest in any one of the free sessions. Step 2.complete the music questionnaire. Step 3. Turn up to any one of the free sessions near you with your instrument and voice if you have one. Step 4. Register your future interest in being part of any combination of any music ensembles that may be developed into larger-scale projects and wider music opportunities’.

Marie who has been brought in especially to do this work said “During B Sharps very successful Coastal Voices project, so many young people and families asked B Sharp to set up music ensembles in towns near them” There is such a lot of music interest in the area but accessing it for many different reasons can be difficult. We want to know the need for ensembles in different geographical and music areas anything from small groups to mass choirs and orchestras playing different sorts of music as well as creating their own.

Fran Williams, Director of B Sharp says “this is an exciting and important opportunity for B Sharp to expand our music making offer across a much larger geographic area than we have done previously. We are working with Dorset and Devon music hubs, arts and youth services, schools, colleges as well as advertising more widely to let young people know about this work and gauge interest in future opportunities. Information from the work this summer will help to develop a much needed, ongoing, high quality range of music for children and young people living in rural areas.

To register interest in these free sessions and any future opportunities please visit our website at or contact

04/05/13: New Release: Diamonds in the Sand by HazelToy

13/04/13: Interview with Mark Chadwick of the Levellers 5th April 2013

I recently interviewed Mark Chadwick of the Levellers who are releasing a new EP,
“The Recruiting Sergeant” in May and also have an extensive schedule of summer
tour dates coming up. Here is what happened!
Hi Mark, I understand that you have a new EP coming out very soon and all the
proceeds are going to War Child. “Yes that’s right”
One of the questions I had about that was with what’s going on in North Korea at the
moment do you think there is much hope of changing attitudes in the West towards
Mark, “Oh the world in general to be honest, I don’t know, I’ll never stop trying
One question I had was with the name of the Levellers there’s several versions of
how you came about to be called the Levellers, do you have anything to say about
Mark “The definitive version? Well it’s basically the Levellers from the civil war, the
English civil war, the agitators, the more radicalised members of the New Model
Since releasing your solo album “After All the Pieces” in 2010 do you have any plans
to record another solo album?
“Yes I do, yeah, I’m doing one I’ve written it and got the people to play it but I just
need to find five minutes to record it.”
One of the things I was looking at is that you have this festival that you do, “Beautiful
Days” and it’s been going for a number of years and I wondered if there was a
favourite year?
“Yes, definitely, it gets better every year, it seems to.”
Primal Scream, Ocean Colour Scene, the Levellers, Sinead O’Connor and Arrested
Development are headlining there this year.
You had your 25th Anniversary of your first gig on the 3rd March this year, how did it
“Yeah we haven’t done anything to celebrate, no we’re kind of looking forward to
our 30th anniversary really”
You have quite a few dates coming up; there are a few in our area of the South West,
Readingsub89 on 4th May, Bath 13th May, 15th June Yeovil, Westland’s Leisure
Complex, 2nd August, Shrewsbury The Butter market, and 16th August The Beautiful
Days Festival in Devon.”
The Ep is coming out on 5th May; it was recorded with some special guests, The
Copper Family, Shona Kipling and Dan Walsh, so how was recording the sessions that
you did, how was it?
“We did it all live together in the same room, because it’s a really old traditional folk
song, we’ve rewritten the words, we’ve updated the story to the present day, yeah
we just wanted to record it in a pub atmosphere”
Yes you also have a number of videos like that, really nice intimacy, is that fun?
“Yeah it’s great fun. The whole EP is all anti-war songs, is the Recruiting Sergeant is
the headline track, your favourite track?”
No, there is a version of “Another Man’s Cause” on there as well, which is one of my
favourite songs, it goes back a few years but it’s really good.
Yes that was live from the Albert Hall. “Yes, it was fantastic.”
You’ve been going as a band and keeping together, how does the group keep
together as a cohesive unit, is that challenging at times?
“Yeah it is yes, it can be very challenging at times but at the end of the day I think we
get on very well, we share the same world view, there’s no disparity in wealth
between us, we keep it all equal, equal footing, we all work as hard as each other so
yeah that’s it really, we actually practice what we preach, try to keep egos to a
The Levellers are performing at Camp Bestival in Lulwoth on 3rd August (Main Stage
Headline performance) and here is a list of their summer dates:
4 May READING Sub 89
13 May BATH Komedia
14 May CARDIFF Coal Exchange
15 May ST ALBANS Arena
16 May BUCKLEY The Tivoli Venue
18 May SCUNTHORPE Baths Hall
19 May BEARDED THEORY Festival (Derby)*
25 May PLYMOUTH Volksfest (Devon)*
12 Jun CHELTENHAM Town Hall
13 Jun BEDFORD Corn Exchange
14 Jun ISLE OF WIGHT Festival*
15 Jun YEOVIL Westlands Leisure Complex
28 Jun LEAMINGTON The Assembly
29 Jun GRASSINGTON Festival (Yorkshire)*
30 Jun HOLMFIRTH Picturedrome
18 Jul LUSTY GLAZE BEACH (Newquay)*
26 Jul CAMBRIDGE Folk Festival (UK)*
2 Aug SHREWSBURY The Buttermarket
3 Aug CAMP BESTIVAL (Dorset)*
9 Aug CROPREDY Festival (Oxfordshire)*
10 Aug LAKEFEST (Tewkesbury)*
16 Aug BEAUTIFUL DAYS Festival (Devon)*
*Indicates festival appearance |


featuring The Copper Family, Shona Kipling & Dan Walsh
Mixed by Matt Lawrence (Mumford & Sons, Grinderman, Emile Sande)

FORMAT: Digital EP | Release date: 05 May 2013
CATALOGUE No: OTFD007 | Label: On the Fiddle Recordings
1. The Recruiting Sergeant (War Child Version)
2. Another Man's Cause (Live from The Royal Albert Hall)
3. Not In My Name
4. Barrel Of A Gun
5. The Recruiting Sergeant (Album Version)

Brighton folk-rockers Levellers are celebrating their recent 25th Anniversary, have announceed a raft of UK summer gigs and festivals, and unveiled details of a new 5 Track EP supporting the War Child charity.

Levellers are releasing a five-track anti-war EP on 5 May 2013 featuring a new recording of 'The Recruiting Sergeant' with special guests traditional English folk singers The Copper Family, plus Shona Kipling and Dan Walsh. It was mixed by Matt Lawrence (Mumford & Sons, Grinderman, Bat For Lashes). The song is itself a contemporary reworking of the cautionary traditional Black Watch anthem, ‘Twa Recruitin’ Sergeants’.

There will also be a brand new video to accompany the new release directed and produced by Rich Mulryne. Levellers have produced videos for every track so far on their new album and this new one completes the project. The original album version, which is an anti-war song not an anti soldier song, features on their 10th studio album 'Static on the Airwaves', which was released to critical acclaim in 2012.

The EP also includes 3 other anti-war Levellers tracks - 'Another Man's Cause', 'Not In My Name' and 'Barrel Of A Gun' plus the original album version of 'Recruiting Sergeant'. All profits from the EP release will be donated to War Child, the charity for children affected by war and set up to protect children living in the world's most dangerous war zones.

Levellers celebrated the 25th Anniversary of their first gig on 3rd March 2013, and are playing an extensive number UK gigs and festivals this summer, including Isle of Wight, Cambridge Folk Festival and a headline slot at Dorset's Camp Bestival.


4 May READING Sub 89
13 May BATH Komedia
14 May CARDIFF Coal Exchange
15 May ST ALBANS Arena
16 May BUCKLEY The Tivoli Venue
18 May SCUNTHORPE Baths Hall
19 May BEARDED THEORY Festival (Derby)*
25 May PLYMOUTH Volksfest (Devon)*
12 Jun CHELTENHAM Town Hall
13 Jun BEDFORD Corn Exchange
14 Jun ISLE OF WIGHT Festival*
15 Jun YEOVIL Westlands Leisure Complex
28 Jun LEAMINGTON The Assembly
29 Jun GRASSINGTON Festival (Yorkshire)*
30 Jun HOLMFIRTH Picturedrome
18 Jul LUSTY GLAZE BEACH (Newquay)*
26 Jul CAMBRIDGE Folk Festival (UK)*
2 Aug SHREWSBURY The Buttermarket
3 Aug CAMP BESTIVAL (Dorset)*
9 Aug CROPREDY Festival (Oxfordshire)*
10 Aug LAKEFEST (Tewkesbury)*
16 Aug BEAUTIFUL DAYS Festival (Devon)*
*Indicates festival appearance |

06/03/13: SILENT DISCO

Shhh... the sound of silence is coming... Bridport's first silent disco is not to be missed!

With three channels of non-stop music, YOU choose what you want to listen to with the simple flick of a switch on your headphones. Madness or MGMT one minute, N.E.R.D or Nirvana the next, expect rock, reggae, pop, punk, dance, drum n bass, and everything in between.

Featuring sets from over 15 DJ's, the majority of whom are Dorset based, the night also provides the opportunity for some up and coming artists to take the stage for the first time.

DJ's Queen Ellie and Doctor Funk play a unique mix of golden oldies and boot stomping ska, in contrast to Ryzle and L.A.Breakz hip-hop and dub-step. London-based maestro Magoo B hits the decks with a record box crammed full of a medley of music guaranteed to get you moving.

Everyone will be dancing... but not necessarily to the same tune!

Saturday 30 March at the Bridport Arts Centre, there will be two sessions during the day:
1 – 6pm: for all ages, £3. Perfect for kids and adults alike.
8pm – 1am: 16+, £5 (ID required)

Tickets on sale from Bridport Arts Centre, South Street.
Box office: 01308 424204

Brought to you by Beat Junkies to Backpackers.
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Follow us on twitter: @beat_junkies

18/02/13: Swanage Blues Festival - 1, 2, 3 March 2013

Only two weeks to go and we'll be in the middle of the 19th Swanage Blues Festival!
"Wristbands and Programmes and Guitars and Bluesers..." "I go to Swanage at the sound of (blues) music... " Help!

If you enjoy the festivals and want to make my life better, PLEASE don't wait till you get here. Send for your wristbands and programmes now. It's so easy at

If you're local, you can buy them now at the Tourist Information Centre in Shore Road, Swanage or at Replayed Records in Daisy May's Arcade, Kings Road East, Swanage.

The Beachway Hotel is prepared to consider one-nighters

The Schedule of who's playing when and where is in the festival programme - only £1

Jurassic Jaunts is offering a Saturday morning special - email for more info

Wristband wearers will be entitled to a 10% discount on food in the restaurant over the festival weekend 01929 422651

If you want to book at Tawny's or Sea Breeze, you better do it now to avoid disappointment - telephone numbers are Tawny's 01929 422781 and Sea Breeze Restaurant 01929 426222. Neither of them require bookings for their Sunday lunchtime entertainment over the festval. They'll explain more if you need to know.

Even if you're not coming, you are welcome to buy a wristband to show your support and help keep Swanage Blues alive. A festival programme is only £1 and is a great advert for the festival too! If you can help spread the word in any way and need my help, just let me know. Initially by email please, to save my voice!

You can order and pay online by PayPal (they accept credit cards too) or send a cheque or postal order by post – all details are at


01/02/13: PAINT IT BLUE

This Wednesday 6th February Paint It Blue will be performing at The Underbelly in Hoxton, London. We hope you can make it!

18+, bring ID. £6 OTD. Artists Playing: BB.James, Bastedo, Paint It Blue, Alero, Lillian Todd Jones.
Venue Address: 11 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU. Venue Phone: 020 7613 1988. Venue Website:

Tonight (Fri 1st) we are playing at The Yew Tree Inn, Whitsbury Rd, Odstock, Salisbury SP5 4JE @ 9pm
Tomorrow (Sat 2nd) we are playing at The Cricketers Arms, Windham Road, Springbourne, Bournemouth BH1 4RN @ 9pm

We are happy to announce that Paint It Blue will be performing at Bentworth Blues Festival this year - playing on Sunday 18th August @ 6pm.
Early-bird tickets + line up available now at

Both our live album and debut album are both available to purchase from gigs and to order by post. Debut albums are £5 each, live albums £7 each - buy both for £10.

February Gigs:

Fri 1st Feb - The Yew Tree Inn, Odstock, Salisbury @ 9pm
Sat 2nd Feb - The Cricketers Arms, Springbourne @ 9pm

Weds 6th Feb - The Underbelly, Hoxton, London @ 8pm
Sat 16th Feb - The Cellar Bar, Boscombe @ 10pm
Sat 23rd Feb - The Spyglass & Kettle, Southbourne @ 9.30pm

March Gigs:

Sun 3rd March - Swanage Blues Festival - East Bar, High Street, Swanage, Dorset @ 6.30pm

Sat 9th March - The Workshop, London @ 8pm

Fri 29th March - The Spyglass & Kettle @ 9.30pm

Sat 30th March - Rock, Wimborne @ 2pm

Sat 30th March - The Winchester, Bournemouth @ 9pm

01/02/13: The Dolfin Music site was temporarily offline this week due a technical issue, we apologise for any inconvenience

11/01/13: Please order now - you'll be helping me a great deal!

Swanage Blues Festival - 1, 2, 3 March 2013

Happy New Year! Well, here I go again into a new year - this time without the help of volunteers due to problems with red tape and legislation - so I need your help more than ever, if you can please?
You can really help by buying your Wristbands and Programmes in advance please. That will help me to deal with sales in my own time, rather than having to rush round the venues and the retailers on my mobility scooter during the festival and top up their stock.
All you have to do is go to and click on the link to pay online via PayPal (they accept credit cards too) or see how to pay by post.
I'm even including post and packaging free to encourage you to help! Your order will be sent to you First Class in early February.

If you're undecided, consider this quote from a festival fan:
"Three days of great music, over 40 gigs in a variety of venues, some of the Finest examples of Blues Music talent around, the chance to see seasoned pros and up-and-coming talent, a great atmosphere, one of the (if not THE) friendliest festivals around, meeting friends old and new, looking forward to the next one… All this for the purchase of a £10 wristband. Hell even buying one for each wrist would be insanely good value!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Details of Artists, Venues, Accommodation and more can be seen on the website too.


Looking for a talent competition in Portsmouth? The launch of an exciting new talent competition in Portsmouth for teenagers and pre-teens is being launched this week with teens all around the UK set to get involved in a fantastic opportunity to get their name out there. The brand new talent competition in Portsmouth for teenagers and pre-teens, TeenStar, is being brought to you by Future Music who already produce the hugely successful Open Mic UK competition bringing us such acts as Hatty Keane, Birdy, Lucy Spraggan and Jahmene Douglas.


The talent competition in Portsmouth for teenagers TeenStar is a one of a kind singing competition looking to find the UK’s best teen singer, duo, vocal group or rapper to be crowned the UK's Best TeenStar! The talent competition in Portsmouth for teenagers is already anticipated to attract over 8,000 entrants in its first year, and with auditions taking place across the UK, now is the time to enter.

Whether it’s a pop, RnB, grime, acoustic or classical, the talent competition in Portsmouth for teenagers TeenStar is ready to find the greatest undiscovered talent from across the country. TeenStar provides a platform to help acts get noticed and offers winners the potential to be successfully launched in the UK as a major recording artist.

The talent competition in Portsmouth for teenagers TeenStar is open to anyone aged 19 and under. Audition slots are available across the UK, so if you’re a teen singer and think you’ve got what it takes, enter TeenStar now!


17/12/12: A spine chilling song creating a frisson from combining 'the word of God' with music commonly referred to as ‘the devil’s music’.

Beatitude means ‘blessedness’, and is from the Latin beatitudo which simply means 'supreme happiness'. The Beatitudes are a set of directives on how to achieve true happiness. Although the words of Jesus, the profound proverb like verses seem to relate to mankind whether religious or not. They talk of goodness leading to happiness, to be truly happy is ‘to do what is right’ (which isn't always easy), and fundamentally love oneself and love one another.

An original song by Rob Koral and Zoe Schwarz with words taken from the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ from the Bible.

The single features the regular line-up of Rob Koral-guitar, Zoe Schwarz-vocals, Pete Whittaker-Hammond-organ, Si Genaro-Harmonica, Rodney Teague-bass and Paul Robinson-drums. Produced by Rob Koral, and Mike Hallett @ Octopia Productions.

“We have passionately and wholeheartedly composed and performed this song to all who will listen advocating JOY, HOPE, PEACE AND LOVE.”

To Pre order/buy it go to:


Or scan the QR code opposite:

watch the video here:


‘Nice stuff indeed’ – Paul Jones, BBC Radio2, 3.12.12

“And if you’ve ever wondered how the ‘sermon on the mount’ would sound sung as a blues, head straight for ‘The Beatitudes’.” Peter Quinn, Jazzwise 2012

The Beatitudes:-“Playing out now!! What a song, love your voice.” – Julian Clegg, BBC Radio Solent ,17.12.12

“That is what I call a voice. Totally majestic, passionate and eviscerating. Best I've heard in a long time”. Brian Towell, Aquarius Festival promoter.

“ The monumental centre-piece is the dramatic “Beatitudes,” an achingly, profound slow burner.” Brian Harman, Oct 2012

“Zoe Schwarz and her band are a BiTS area phenomenon for me the outstanding track is the Beatitudes ...This piece is magnificent and needs a wider audience..."
Blues in the South, June 2012, Ian McKenzie

“‘Good Times’ ,exceptional, original songs. Buy this CD soon. It’s remarkable.”
Blues In Britain, Bernadette Middleton July 2012

“She also sings with honesty, emotion and intensity, as exemplified by the inspirational rendition of ‘Beatitudes’ which is a tour de force.”
David J.Scott, Blues Revue / BluesWax May 2012

“Wow! Congratulations on a really powerful – on many levels – song.”
Ashwyn Smyth, Digital Blues Oct 2012

12/12/12: Swanage Blues Festivals

Buy your weekend wristbands NOW, still only £10, and Festival Programmes are only £1 and Postage and Packaging is FREE! Some venues will require wristbands to be shown.
Please go to and order today. Your order will be despatched First Class in early January.
Apart from a Warm Welcome in the Venues, we’re hoping there will be loads of Promotions, Incentives and Special Offers in some Swanage pubs, restaurants, retail and more! Here’s just one example from Jurassic Jaunts:
Saturday Jurassic Coast walk, 10:30 start. Learn about this fantastic World Heritage Site with a 1 ½ hour walk from Swanage Pier – £2.50 Wristband Wearers or £3. Contact via

Artists booked so far: Andy Grant Trio, Assorted Buskers, Back Porch, Blind Lemon Gliders, Blue Touch, Blues Machine, C Sharp Blues, Dan Sowerby Band, David Raphael Band, Fabulous Fezheads, Hugh Budden, Jam Sessions with Robin Bibi Band, Jason Manners & 3 Buck Shirt, Jawbreakers, Jay Tamkin, Johnny Sharp, Jon Walsh, Lewis Cohen, Milton-Farrow Skiffle 'n' Blues Band, Motel 6, Mustangs, Open Mic Sessions with Johnny Sharp and Martin Froud, Paint It Blue, Riotous Brothers, Riverside Blues Band, Robert Hokum & The Devil Drives, Robin Bibi Band, Saiichi Sugiyama Band, Stan's Blues Jamboree, Steamer, Steve Darrington, Tim Harrison, Tin Cats, Tommy Allen & Johnny Hewitt, Will Killeen, Zoe Schwarz and Blue Commotion, with more to come!
Artists biogs, phoos and website links:

We’re adding Corfe Castle Royal British Legion for Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon sessions. Take the train for a ride to this historic location, see the old castle, and enjoy great hospitality at the latest venue!
We’re hoping that Seventh Wave at Durlston Castle will be coming on board too – if not for March, then for October 2013.

I had to explain the other day about Swanage, the Blues Festivals, and Honesty. It was about why we ask only £10 for a whole weekend’s music. I said to the person:
“It's only £10 because we trust you to pay. If we had people on the door checking everybody we’d have to put up the £10 price to cover the cost of paying them, and nowadays that is governed by law, registered security staff and all that. They’d have to be paid more than the musicians!
“So we’re pleased to say that here, people are honest and pay the £10 voluntarily. That helps to keep the charge down for everybody. You know it makes sense!”
It occurred to me that the same thing applies to local Accommodation Providers too. They don’t have to contribute anything, their beds are full for years in advance for the blues festivals, so we really appreciate how honest they are in supporting us with their advertising. They help to keep Swanage Blues going, and that in turn helps them. They’re not daft, are they!”
If you haven’t booked your accommodation yet, see our supporters at

Wishing You All The Best at Christmas and for the New Year,
Steve Darrington


We're going to fly in the face of the corporate machine and release a single, it's our attempt at defying the formulaic throw away music we're all bombarded with ... have a lsiten/look at this and please help us by buying the single for just 79p Itunes / 89 Amazon and 'sharing' this link via email or face book.... thank you, we really appreciate it.....

I think you'll like the track.Either click this link to see more or see below…..

very best wishes, Zoe x

P.S. We were chuffed that last week we had the track Fine and Mellow from our Good Times album played on the Paul Jones show....

We have had an exciting year... with many interviews, nominations (including in the USA), and great reviews, radio plays and of course gigs... please keep in touch.



The Main Hall of Hamworthy Club, Magna Road, Wimborne is available to hire for FREE on 15th December - the hall is quite a large airy room, well funished and with a large stage, ideal for band rehearsals - contact 01202 881922 to book.


07/12/12: THIS Saturday 8th December - Jon Lloyd Quintet
JUST a quick reminder ~

THIS Saturday 8th December we present the Jon Lloyd Quintet at the Plume of Feathers, Half Moon street, Sherbone, DT9 3LN

Led by Jon Lloyd on soprano sax and bass clarinet, and featuring John Law on piano, Rob Palmer on guitar, Tom Farmer on double bass and Andy Trim on drums. Saxophonist Jon's compositions are both dynamic and sensitive, and this group plays them with immense verve and excitement.

"Ambitious and virtuosic...Jon Lloyd is one of the most striking writers at the sharp end of British jazz and improvisation” John Fordham, The Guardian.

Doors open at 7.30pm

Band onstage 8pm Call the Plume of Feathers for more details on 01935 - 816569

Read more about the band and hear their music at:

More Sherborne Jazz dates for your NEW Diary:

Saturday, 12th January, 2013 - Compassionate Dictatorship

Described as “catching the current wave of Brit Jazz" by Jazzwise Magazine.

Compassionate Dictatorship evolved out of the long standing collaboration between Jez Franks and Tori Freestone. Together with bassist Jasper Hoiby and drummer James Maddren, they have toured extensively since their debut album in 2007, honing and developing their sound, releasing a second album ‘Cash Cow’ in 2010 to rave reviews They’re now promoting their third album, ‘Entertaining Tyrants’ which is to be released on the ‘Jellymould Jazz’ label.

Read more about the band, and check out their music here:

Saturday, 9th February - the Nick Malcolm Quartet

Led by Trumpeter Nick Malcolm, this quartet plays original compositions combining the rhythmic and harmonic complexities of contemporary jazz with the intensity and interaction of free improvisation. They made a big impression at The Vortex, Manchester Jazz Festival and Ealing Jazz Festival during the summer of 2011 and toured nationally in June 2012 to coincide with the release of their first album, 'Glimmers', on FMR records. Nick also plays in an open trio setting featuring world-class rhythm section of Olie Brice and Mark Sanders.

Read more about the band, and hear their music at:

07/12/12: PAINT IT BLUE

Paint It Blue will be playing their last gig of 2012 this Saturday 8th December, at The King's Head in Wimborne. We hope you can be there and celebrate with us, music starts at 9pm.
The King's Head, The Square, Wimborne Minster, Dorset BH21 1JG

The live album and debut album are still available at every gig, and you can also order them by post - to do this, just email Both can be downloaded at - this is a safe and ethical site, which is musician and fan friendly.

Thank you for your support this year - we'll be back in force in 2013!

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Paint It Blue x - for updates, news & gigs - to get your fix over the Christmas season



New and exciting 'pop up' restaurant and cocktail bar has come to Dorset.


Pop up restaurants & bars are a NEW phenomenon, for companies to showcase their product, concept and branding. Hugely popular in LONDON, but now for the first time coming to Dorset!
The first stop for this unique concept is the old ‘Bankes Bar’ in Penn hill, only a stones throw away from the affluent Candford Cliffs area.

Only here for FIVE weeks to start, so limited time to embrace the experience!!!

Open Seven Nights a Week from 12 noon till late

Following the Amazing Launch Weekend, Ruby Lounge is pleased to announce five weeks of amazing fun and entertainment.

The Ruby Lounge is a 60 seated Cabaret, Cocktail & Supper Club restaurant, showcasing live entertainment every night. This is Dorset 1st ‘POP UP’ restaurant, unique and inspired by ‘Ronnie Scotts’ and ‘Brick House’ of London.
Our main focus will be on our High Quality Food, excellent service and great Live Entertainment. A venue that eludes excitement, social elegance, with ambience that keeps you excited, but remains comfortable and warm.
The menu will be a Modern Bistro Style Menu, using all seasonal locally sourced produce. A mouth-watering taste sensation that will appeal to a diverse clientele, offering everything from amazing great value set and a la carte menus

What about Lunch?

We open from 12 noon daily for snacks, light bites and full lunch options or ‘POP IN’ for Sunday Lunch, we offer a full 3 course roast and cabaret for just £12.95pp

Within the restaurant, we will have the ‘Birdcage’ Cocktail Lounge Bar, stocked with unique and interesting cocktails and a wine menu to suit everyone’s tastes and budgets.
The Ruby Lounge is the sister company of the Rubyz Cabaret Restaurant brand that has been established for over 11 years, being one of Bournemouth top entertainment nights out.
Home to the amazing and diverse ‘Dame Kitty’, the ruby lounge will be offering Rubyz Christmas Show, Live Acoustic, Swing, Burlesque, Tribute and Cabaret night for your pleasure.
For more information and the ‘what’s on’ listing,

Please call 01202 552 553

The Ruby Lounge mission statement
It’s not just the location, the concept, the lights or the liquor, it’s the people….
Ruby Lounge Restaurant mission is not only to have great tasting food, entertainment and drinks but have an efficient friendly service, because customer satisfaction is paramount.



Levellers have just released the latest instalment of their project to record a video for every track from their recently released album, Static On The Airwaves.

Levellers - Mutiny (Youtube)

Mutiny tells the story of the 1917 Étaples Mutiny by British troops in France during the First World War, and in particular that of its exectuted 'leader' Corporal Jesse Robert Short. The video was produced by Rich Mulryne and Emma Birchett

Levellers are currently on a major UK tour throughout November 2012. They are inviting fans with tickets to any of the gigs who sing or play an electric instrument (not guitar) to apply to take part in the finale performance of 'The Recruiting Sergeant'.
Those wishing to apply should email with the date they wish to apply for and the instrument they play. Succesful applicants will need to be familiar with the song, and able to pass a simple audition at 6.30pm on the day of the show.

Remaining tour dates are below.


Tues 20 GLASGOW ABC 08444 999 990
Wed 21 NOTTINGHAM Rock City 0845 413 4444
Thu 22 LEEDS O2 Academy 0844 477 2000
Fri 23 BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy 0844 477 2000
Sat 24 LONDON O2 Shepherds Bush Empire 0844 477 2000
Sun 25 SOUTHAMPTON Guildhall 023 8063 2601

17/11/12: PAINT IT BLUE


We're happy to announce another London show - THIS Wednesday in Surya in Kings Cross: 156 Pentonville Road, London N1 9JL.

Tickets are available at £4 from:
Tickets on the door will be £7.

Music starts at 8pm, Paint It Blue will be on stage at 9.20pm. This venue is 18+ only, so please bring ID. Other acts include True Penny and RedIndianLopez.

Hope to see you there,
Paint It Blue x

14/11/12: PAINT IT BLUE


Unfortunately we will no longer be playing at The Red Lion, Winfrith, this Friday night.

However, we still have Thursday night at AAA in Kensington, London, and Sunday evening at The Thomas Tripp, Christchurch, Dorset.

You can keep bang up to date with gigs and news by keeping an eye on:

Paint it Blue x

07/11/12: Released 5 November 2012 - They May Put Land Between Us the superb debut album by Joyce The Librarian:

They May Put Land Between Us – Joyce The Librarian

Order now from Folkwit Records.

Alternatively visit Bandcamp to pre-order the download album +/- the CD:

Joyce the Librarian are a new folk/acoustic ensemble from Bristol lead by singer-songwriter Martin Callingham. Their music is soft and understated and disarmingly beautiful in its simplicity. Radio play so far has come from Gideon Coe, Lauren Laverne and Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music), Bethan Elfyn and Simon Raymonde (Amazing Radio) as well as airings in France, Holland and the US.

Reactions to the album so far:

- Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music

“Joyce the Librarian are awesome.”
- Simon Raymonde, Amazing Radio/Bella Union

“This is a high quality debut album… well worth the listen.”
- Michael Farley, Americana UK

“…this is a bold debut that will find favour in both indie and traditional music circles, making a pitch for the narrow territory between, say, Laura Marling, Noah & the Whale and the godfathers of it all, Belle & Sebastian.”
- Nick Churchill, FATEA

“Expect big things from this band with an impressive debut like this one.”
- Jason Ritchie, Get Ready To Rock

“…a distinctive and original-sounding take on the folk-pop genre…definitely worth a listen.”
- Gethin Webster,

“The single and ‘Land’, the title track, both grabbed my attention immediately as did ‘Turn Yourself In’ and ‘Over Dinmore’ and that, for me, is a high strike rate. Joyce The Librarian are following a path of their own and it will be fascinating to see where it takes them.”
- Dai Jeffries,

More about Joyce The Librarian here.


Freeplay ( and Poole Poetry group invite you to a performance evening of original work by local poets...singer/songwriters and artists on Tuesday October 16th 2012...7:30pm-9:45pm Lighthouse Poole A full programme out this week...

This is part of the Made in Poole3 visual art and sculpture exhibition currently showing @ Lighthouse in collaboration with the Poole Voluntary Art Groups...Lighthouse and Arts Development Unit...we hope as many people as possible will not only come share the music, words and images with us on this evening but also go and see the exhibition's on till November floor Gallery at Lighthouse in Poole...enjoy!

Please share and help us make the local public aware of this event. Lets make our local "centre of the arts"...local.... — at Lighthouse Poole.



Firstly, a BIG thank you to everyone who was at Swanage Blues Festival last weekend - what an amazing time! All three gigs were brilliant fun and we were thrilled by such a positive response. Of course, huge thanks to Steve Darrington for organising another brilliant festival and having us there. Thanks to all those who bought wristbands and programmes to support the festival. Steve has announced that there WILL be another festival in March 2013, which is fantastic news! Keep an eye on our Facebook Page for photos from the weekend.

If you were one of many who bought a copy of our new live album, your honest feedback would be gratefully received - just reply to this email if you'd like to get in touch. We made the album for you, our fans, so we'd love to know what you think.

If you'd like to get a copy of the new live album, you can buy them at any Paint It Blue gig:
- New 'Paint It Blue Live' Album = £7 each
- Debut 'Paint It Blue' Album = £5 each
- Buy both for £10!

The album is now available to download from - you can buy the album as a whole, or buy individual tracks.

If you're unable to get to a gig, then we can arrange to post the album/albums to you - just reply to this email with your order, and we'll get the ball rolling (Postage & packaging costs will apply).

Sun 14th - The Pig Hotel, Beaulieu Rd, Brockenhurst SO42 7QL @ 5pm
Fri 19th - 38 Castle Street, Salisbury, SP1 1BN @ 9pm
Thurs 25th - Ealing Club, Ealing, London @ 8pm - £5
Fri 26th - The King's Head, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1JG @ 9pm
Sat 27th - The Spyglass & Kettle, 25-27 Stourwood Avenue, Southbourne, Dorset BH6 3PW @ 9.30pm

Thanks for reading, see you at a gig soon.
Paint It Blue x

18/09/12: FREE PRIZE DRAW!
Swanage Blues & Roots Festival
5, 6, 7 October 2012

This will be the 18th Swanage Blues Festival I’ve organised – let’s all work together to make sure it’s not the last! We've had to discontinue the bucket collections due to problems with red tape, health & safety and insurance issues... so we're selling weekend wristbands instead as a pledge and a symbol of your commitment to Save Swanage Blues.
If enough wristbands are sold for this October’s festival, there will be another one on 1, 2, 3 March 2013. So, it’s up to you to Save Swanage Blues.

Please buy your wristbands and programmes now – it makes everything so much easier for me and really helps financially - but if you really want to, you can wait till you get to the festival.
As a bonus for buying in advance, everybody who orders wristbands and/or programmes by post or online will be entered into a Free Prize Draw. The Winner will get their money back!
I promise your wristbands and programmes will be despatched First Class as soon as I receive your order. You can pay by cheque or PayPal, which also accepts credit cards.
Go to for details.

Send your name, address and what you want to:
Swanage Blues, c/o T I C, Shore Road, Swanage, Dorset BH19 1LB
together with a cheque made payable to ‘Swanage Blues’ for the following amounts:
Souvenir Programme (40 pages) £ 2.50 each
Wristband £10.00 each
Postage & Packing (max) £ 2.50 total whatever your order, as long as it’s to one address

Go to and follow the instructions to pay by PayPal.

You can see who’s playing where, at what time and on what day at Complete details of venues and times are in the Festival Programme.

The law relating to playing music in unlicensed places is changing again from 1 October 2012, just in time for the Swanage Blues Festival! Come to the festival and you may see musicians everywhere – I hope so!

There is a selection of recommended places at

If enough wristbands are sold, the next festival will be on 1, 2, 3 March 2013, with provisional dates too for 4, 5, 6 October 2013.
It’s up to you! Send for your wristbands today and Save Swanage Blues!

Wishing You All The Best,
Steve Darrington



We have some exciting news for you - this Friday 14th September we're going to be recording our gig at The Cellar Bar in Boscombe to create a live album. If you'd like to get your very own whoop, cheer, clap, whistle or squeal on the album, then get yourself down to The Cellar Bar and join us - kick off at 9.30pm-ish, we hope you can make it! Chaplin's/The Cellar Bar, 529 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 4AG

Secondly, this Sunday we'll be playing at Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival in Hastings, Kent. CLICK HERE for more info! We'll be on the Main Stage from 3pm - if this is your neck of the woods, we'd love to see you there!

Now, this is very important: Swanage Blues Festival is less than one month away (5th-7th October), creating a three-day blues party in the beautiful seaside resort of Swanage!

Check out the link below & get your wristbands in support of the festival:

This from Steve Darrington, Festival Organiser:

The Programmes and Wrist Bands are now being sent out. Thanks to those of you who have already placed your orders. It's such a help when you order in advance because it means I can deal with things at my own pace and get back some of the money I've had to lay out in advance too!

Not ordered yours yet? Here's what you do. Write a note showing your name, address and how many of each festival programme and wrist band you require, like this

..... wristbands @ £10 each
..... programmes @ £2.50 each
..... p & p at £2.50 maximum (as long as your order is to be sent to one address)

Send your cheque payable to 'Swanage Blues' to: Swanage Blues, c/o T I C, Shore Road, Swanage, Dorset BH19 1LB

Festival Programmes and Wrist Bands will also be on sale over the festival weekend - if there are any left!"

We urge you to support this amazing festival, not least because it is so much fun! We'll be playing three times over the weekend:
Friday 5th Oct - The Grand Hotel, Burlington Road, Swanage BH19 1LU @ 8.30pm
Saturday 6th - The White Swan, High Street, Swanage BH19 2LJ @ 9pm
Sunday 7th - Bar One (formerly Bar Se7en), High Street, Swanage BH19 2LN @ 12pm

11/09/12: Wimborne

Musicians’ ‘Open Mic’ on the move!

The search for a new venue for Wimborne Musicians’ Collective’s Open Mic is over! Join the Collective at the Coach and Horses, Poole Road, Wimborne every Tuesday, from 8.30. Entry is free for performers and supporters.

Kevin Anderson is founder member of the Collective, local musician and performer. He said, ‘We’re really chuffed to have found such a great new venue. We started the Collective and the Open Mic to give local musicians a regular opportunity to meet, and play with, other performers. It’s a ‘music only’ open mic and we welcome any style, covers and originals; any instrument or none at all, and from all ages! Even our regulars span from relative novice performers to ‘old hands’, so there is room for any musician. We like to support each other, share ideas and experience. And if people just want to come along and enjoy the musical mix that each evening offers, that’s OK too!’

Katie and Nick Smith, who now manage the Coach and Horses, enthusiastically agreed to host the Open Mic. Katie said, ‘This is the first regular event we’ve booked since we took over in August. Wimborne is a great town, and there is so much talent about. We want to play our part in supporting Wimborne’s creative community.’

Further information about the Collective can be found on Facebook,, or you can follow them on Twitter, @wimbornemusic. Kevin can be contacted on 01202 849019.


Only one month to go!
Swanage Blues & Roots Festival
5, 6, 7 October 2012

The Programmes and Wrist Bands are now being sent out. Thanks to those of you who have already placed your orders. It's such a help when you order in advance because it means I can deal with things at my own pace and get back some of the money I've had to lay out in advance too!
The Programmes have all the Artists, Venues, Who's Playing When and Where, Recommendations for where to stay, eat and drink and more!

Not ordered yours yet? Here's what you do. Write a note showing your name, address and how many of each festival programme and wrist band you require, like this

..... wristbands @ £10 each
..... programmes @ £2.50 each
..... p & p at £2.50 maximum (as long as your order is to be sent to one address)

Send your cheque payable to 'Swanage Blues' to:

Swanage Blues, c/o T I C, Shore Road, Swanage, Dorset BH19 1LB

If you have already ordered - or if you order in the next few days - your special commemorative Festival Programme(s) and Wrist Bands will be with you next week.
Best Wishes,
Steve Darrington
PS Festival Programmes and Wrist Bands will also be on sale over the festival weekend - if there are any left!

28/08/12: Singing auditions coming to Fareham this weekend!

Singing auditions are coming to Fareham this weekend with acts having the chance to get on the road to The O2! Open Mic UK will be searching for Fareham’s best singers, singer-songwriters, rappers and vocalists when auditions come to Ferneham Hall in Fareham on Sunday morning.

Open Mic UK is the UK’s largest national music competition for singers and solo artists, and with over 9,000 unsigned acts entering last year, this year’s competition is set to be the biggest yet!

The competition travels across the country every year searching for the next big star. It's open to all genres, so whether you’re into RnB, Rap, Acoustic, Pop or Classical – Open Mic UK has it all! Acts can perform either covers or original material and they’ll be invited to a live audition in front of the judging panel.

The Open Mic UK competition boasts some incredible success stories, one of whom is teen-songstress Birdy. Previous Open Mic UK winner Birdy’s debut album has been a massive hit across Europe achieving number one status in both Holland and Belgium and hitting the Top 20 in the UK, and she has very recently hit the number one spot in France with her stunning rendition of Bon Iver’s ‘Skinny Love’.

Birdy recently reminisced about the experience of playing in front of a thousand people at the Open Mic UK Grand Final as “such a cool experience” to Radio One. She explained that it showed her what she wanted to do when she was still very young.

Chris Grayston, MD of Open Mic UK says, “Birdy has been a great example of the springboard Open Mic UK offers. She had an unbelievable talent and it’s since been channelled in the right direction and she’s achieving great things. The competition is about to start and we’re looking for someone who can be a global success in the same way Birdy has. If you’ve got the talent then why not audition in Fareham this weekend.”

Acts that get through their audition will then take to the stage in a Regional Final at the same venue in front of a packed out audience and an industry judging panel. Judges in the past have included Radio One DJ’s Annie Nightingale and Ras Kwame, Another Level star Dane Bowers and former MOBO award winning RnB sensation Shola Ama. One half of the Artful Dodger will be judging the Grand Final this year with Mark Hill already announced on the panel. He sold more than 20 million records co-writing Craig David’s Born to Do It. More celebrity and guest judges are expected to be announced for this year’s competition.

Open Mic UK is this year split into three age categories; 16 and under, 17-22 and 23 plus. It means there will be three eventual category winners each receiving £1,000 for development with the overall winner getting £5,000 to spend on their music. The overall runner-up will get £2,500. There are prizes along the way to The O2 as well with studio time and singing lessons awarded at every Open Mic UK event this year!

Another success story of Open Mic UK’s is rising star Hatty Keane. Since winning her age category last year, Hatty has been signed to BGM music and has supported big names such as Ed Sheeran, Wretch 32, Tinchy Stryder, Pitbull and Zane Lowe! She is currently working towards the release of her debut album.

The question on everyone’s lips is who will follow in Birdy and Hatty Keane’s footsteps in this year’s Open Mic UK competition? If you fancy your chances of being the next Open Mic UK winner then come along to Birmingham this weekend and audition. Auditions begin at 9.30am but please check the website for a guide on specific times for your age category. Who knows, in less than six months you could be playing at The O2 in London!

For more information and to register your attendance in advance, go to the website



Swanage Blues Festivals take place twice a year and bring joy to thousands of people and around £500,000 extra business to the area out of season. But their future is uncertain and organiser Steve Darrington has a fight on his hands – again. He’s no stranger to that.

Disabled through Polio at age six, doctors said he was not expected to live. Even after a year in hospital they said he would never have an ordinary life due to the extent of his disabilities. “They were right, it certainly hasn’t been ordinary,” said Steve. He can smile now.

As a child, his swimming companion was Ian Dury, Eric Clapton played at his school dance, he chatted with film and TV stars, World War 2 fighter ace Douglas Bader, even the student Colonel Gaddafi, and wheeled himself round Berlin all before he was 18.

He taught himself piano and played with Lonnie Donegan, Marty Wilde, the Everly Brothers, Mark Knopfler and many US blues and country music stars to festival crowds of 50,000. He was a guest at Abba’s castle in Stockholm, drank with Muddy Waters and his band, and has made 50 albums during his career.

Steve had to give up touring and came to Swanage from Buckinghamshire for two days in 2000. He liked it so much he never went back and has been organising the Blues Festivals ever since. The next festival on 5, 6, and 7 October will be the 18th and he should be looking forward to it, but all is not well.

“Don’t get me wrong, the venues do make a huge contribution but they are only small and can’t fully fund the costs of all the bands, advertising and all the other expenses. About 30% of festival costs have traditionally come from bucket collections but due to changes in legislation, insurance and health and safety matters, we’ve had to give up collecting from fans in pubs.

“So now I’ve got the headache of how to raise money to keep the festivals going. We can’t charge admission, not with all those entrances and exits. We thought about marquees but when can you guarantee decent weather? Anyway, people love the multi-venue choice and cosy appeal of our little seaside town’s bars and restaurants.”

Steve hopes to solve the problem with the introduction of £10 weekend wristbands for the next Swanage Blues Festival on 5, 6, 7 October. “£10 isn’t a lot for 40 gigs by 30 acts in 15 indoor venues. It would cost £10 just to see some of the bands elsewhere and anyway, Swanage is a fantastic place for a festival – so much charm and choice of where to eat, drink and sleep and all at reasonable prices.”

So Steve is appealing for help from businesses that are willing to sell the £10 wristbands or to be sponsors for a festival or two.”Being in a wheelchair I just can’t do it all on my own, and it would be such a shame - and a financial disaster locally - if everything had to end,” he said.

For information on how to sell wristbands and programmes or to be a sponsor, contact Steve Darrington on 01929 422338, mobile 07445 261037 or email

Festival website:

23/07/12: Dorchester Youth Extra

Young peoples’ heroic effort to make Anonymous Festival “best ever”

This years free Anonymous Festival in Dorchester has a superhero theme, and in keeping with this organisers have been putting in suitably heroic efforts to make it the biggest and best event yet.

As well as a host of local bands, including headline act The Indices and young rap sensation Dreads and Lyrical Agent, there will be stalls, activities workshops and much more, giving Dorchester a full on day to remember.

Joining the local music and dance will be award winning, amazing theatre and performance in the form of Le Navet Bete and Small Pond Theatre, there will also be a chance to step inside a The Travelling Pliosaur Cinema to watch a film before trying your hand at slacklining, with Maverick Slackline or free running with Train Hard.

Community Development Officer Emma Scott said: “This year we really have pulled out all the stops to make Anonymous a festival that showcases the wide range of activities that young people enjoy. We have some amazing performance, theatre, sports and dance to inspire and entrance the audience. In fact there’s so much going on this year that the best thing to do is pack a picnic and head down to Maumbury Rings for the day.”

“I’d also like to thank Dorchester Town Council and West Dorset District Council for all the support they have given this event over the last few years, it has really paid off and is now establishing itself as one of the best youth festivals in the South West.”

In the rings by the main stage young local dance groups, ranging from ballet to street dance, will be strutting their stuff and entertaining the crowds. There will be zorbing and a bouncy castle as well as a chance to get crafty with art and craft workshops. In fact there’s everything you need for a great day out with the family.

Adam Kerslake from Dorchester Youth Extra (DYE) said: “After a lot of hard work and dedication we think we have put together a really great event. Many people would be amazed by the wide variety of activities young people in Dorchester are involved with and I’d encourage them to come along.”

Chloe Lovell is also from DYE and said: “The Open Mic area this year is being sponsored by Keep Love Sweet and is going to be better than ever, so if you feel like playing a song or two please don’t be shy and drop by.”

The festivals music co-ordinator Keith Hatch added. “The live bands on the Arena Stage include As Flames Rise, Cracker Lion, The Little Victory, Bears, Mona of Lambray and Pop Club, but there it was a really hard choice for organisers as there is a huge amount of great live music being playing young people in the area. Come along and show your support, and if you are a young musician who fancies playing next year come up and see one of the organisers on the day.”

You can find out more by logging onto the facebook group or contacting Emma Scott on 01305 252204. Anonymous 2012 will be held in Maumbury Rings on 25th August. from 11.00 p.m. –9.00 p.m. .


15/07/12: The Ministry of Prog proudly presents…


It is with the greatest of pleasure the The Ministry of Prog proudly presents, for your delectation and delight, the inaugural PROGUPHORIA festival to be held at the rather spiffing Mr Kyps rock and roll venue in Parkstone, Poole, Dorset, England on Saturday 20th October 2012 from 4pm onwards.
The first of its kind on the south coast, this celebration of modern popular music will feature several well respected bands loosely associated with the rock/progressive genre, namely:
Galahad will be playing a selection of songs from both their new studio albums ‘Battle Scars’ and ‘Beyond the Realms of Euphoria’ as well as a few golden galaclassics.
The Cryptic Clues (featuring three original Twelfth Night band members!) will be performing a selection of well known Twelfth Night standards.
The Paul Menel Band will be performing songs from the IQ album ‘Nomzamo’ to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its original release in 1987 (!) along with a few other Paul Menel originals from his two recent solo albums.
Alan Reed, erstwhile vocalist with Pallas, accompanied by the ubiquitous Mark Spencer (Twelfth Night, La Host, Alexander O’Neal), will be playing a selection of his Pallas past, his own solo songs, drawn from his recent release ‘Dancing with Ghosts’ and from his forthcoming new studio album.
PROGUPHORIA promises to be a wonderful evening of rather lovely music by some of the finest purveyors of what is known as ‘Proglife’ and a whole lot more besides.
There will also be merchandise stalls, a charity auction which will include some very interesting items up for grabs along with an extremely hip ‘Prog’ disco, for those who fancy a jiggle to some particularly awkward time signatures. There may even be a prize for the best movers and shakers!
Mr Kyps is a fine bespoke 300 capacity venue with a brand new sound system which, more importantly, also sells a rather good selection of the best real ales, wines and lagers. Tickets are priced at a very reasonable £20 each in advance and £25 on the door and can be obtained directly from the Mr Kyps website at: or by calling the ticket hotline on: 01202 748945
PROGUPHORIA is the first festival of its kind on the south coast of England and we’d be delighted and incredibly grateful if as many of you as possible would come along and support us in this new and exciting musical adventure.
Kindest Regards
The Ministry of Prog



Hi folks,

Unfortunately we won't be playing at The Tripp tonight due to further illness! The Lawmakers will be playing instead, great funky, bluesy band, check them out from 8.30pm at
The Thomas Tripp, Wick Lane, Christchurch.

Paint It Blue x


Hi folks!

Unfortunately we've had to cancel our gig tonight at The Seaview due to illness. We will be playing at The Tripp in Christchurch tomorrow with a kind of super-group line-up; PIB rhythm section, fronted by Carl of The Lawmakers and Stan of Riverside Blues! Our thanks to them for helping us out this weekend :)

Paint It Blue x


Some of you may have noticed we had linked to the June issue of Live Wire under the July link. Apologies for this error, it has now been corrected. The 2nd edition of Live Wire is now online on our Live Gigs page.

29/06/12: Paint it Blue

This Saturday night you can catch us at The Spyglass & Kettle in Southbourne, from 9.30pm - we'll be playing 'til midnight!
Unfortunately, our gig at Bar One which was scheduled for this Sunday 1st July has been cancelled, due to football! We're hoping to re-schedule the gig for later in the summer, so keep an eye on our gig listings for that!

On Friday 6th July we are playing at Dare2Festival, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire at 11.15pm - check out their website for details and tickets for this great festival - we'd love to have you there!

On Sunday 8th July at The Thomas Tripp in Christchurch, we'll be gigging with a special guest on guitar... Intrigued? Come down and see for yourself!

At the 'BH24 Music' Festival in Ringwood on Saturday 14th July, we're playing on the Main Stage at 7pm - check out Lots of other great local acts playing throughout the day, tickets are available from: Ringwood Gateway, Ringwood School, Paperview, Oasis Music Shop & TEDS at only £5 for 0ver 18s & £3 for Under 18s.

24/06/12: Ben Watton/Peachy Jane

Ben Watton has joined local indie rock band Peachy Jane on drums. The bands first gig together will be at Christchurch Festival Saturday 30th June in the afternoon apx 3.20pm. The band have recently released a new song called Big Heart Mountain on Soundcloud here


We would like to introduce 16 year old Ben, who is a very talented kit drummer, who is trying to find appropriate live performance opportunities in the Bournemouth/Poole/Dorset area.

He is a highly skilled, versatile, mature and sensitive drummer, is a good reader and loves performing live.
He has his own kit and transport to get to gigs / rehearsals.

09/05/12: Vocalists wanted in Portsmouth

Vocalists are wanted in Portsmouth as auditions for Open Mic UK, the national music talent competition for vocalists and solo artists in the UK, begin this summer. Vocalists are wanted in Portsmouth as Open Mic UK, the competition that discovered Birdy and Hatty Keane, is searching for the UK’s best vocalists, singer/songwriters, rappers and vocalists. Portsmouth vocalists are wanted as Open Mic UK is coming to Highlight, Portsmouth on Sunday 2nd September 2012. Check out the Open Mic UK promo video here:

Vocalists in Portsmouth that enter Open Mic UK can perform either covers or original material throughout the competition. Open Mic UK offers vocalists in Portsmouth not only the chance to win prizes, but the opportunity to perform live in some of the best music venues in the country and the Open Mic UK Grand Final takes place at the best live music venue in the country – The 02 in London! This year, it could be you!

There will be £50,000 worth of prizes up for grabs for vocalists in Portsmouth, and the winning act will not only be crowned the Best On The Mic in front of a packed out crowd at The 02 in London, but they will also be offered a recording contract to release their single.

The competition is divided into age categories: 16 and under, 17-22 and 23 and over. Open Mic UK is all about finding an act that has the ability to become a professional recording artist. Vocalists are wanted in Portsmouth, so if you want to play at The 02 and think you have what it takes, it’s open to all. So get on the mic....Open Mic UK.

Vocalists are wanted in Portsmouth as auditions start again this summer, but places are limited so book your audition now at


Live and Unsigned


Also follow Live & Unsigned on;

Live Fest Saturday 21st January at the O2




RELEASE DATE - 25 June 2012

Folk-rock band Levellers release their tenth studio album, Static On The Airwaves, on 25 June 2012 through their own On The Fiddle Recordings.

Already being heralded as their most accomplished album to date, Static On The Airwaves is the sound of a band whose incisive lyrics, innate musicality and passion have continued to improve rather than diminish in nearly a quarter of a century of writing, recording and performing.

In many ways Static On The Airwaves represents a coming of age for Levellers; it is unquestionably their most mature and considered release to date and is an album rich in reasoned clarity and insightful observance of the world in which we currently live.

Produced by Sean Lakeman, who is renowned for producing his brother’s Mercury-nominated and gold-selling albums as well as Letters From The Underground (Levellers’ previous album), Static On The Airwaves was recorded ‘as live’ at Sono Studios in Prague and mixed in New York by the legendary Victor Van Vugt (PJ Harvey, Beth Orton, Nick Cave).

Befitting the most actively militarised era in British society since WWII, Static On The Airwaves returns regularly to a universal theme of War and its impact in both a contemporary (‘Gunmen’) and historical (‘Mutiny’, ‘Raft Of Medusa’) context, with the closing track, a fabulous contemporisation of Black Watch Anthem, ‘The Recruiting Sergeant’, perfectly fusing the two.

From the frenetic energy of ‘Forgotten Towns’ to the melodic introspection of ‘After The Hurricane’ via the pop melodies of ‘Second Life’, musically, the album is the most diverse the band have recorded to date.

This summer, Levellers appear at Hop Farm, Latitude, MFest, Larmer Tree, Wickerman, and Wickham Festivals. They have also recently announced a full UK tour in November – full details overleaf.

UK Tour

November 2012
14 CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange, 01223 357 851
15 BRISTOL o2 Academy, 0844 477 2000
16 LINCOLN Engine Shed, 0844 888 8766
17 MANCHESTER Academy, 0161 832 1111
18 LIVERPOOL o2 Academy, 0844 477 2000
20 GLASGOW ABC, 08444 999 990
21 NOTTINGHAM Rock City, 0845 413 4444
22 LEEDS o2 Academy, 0844 477 2000
23 BIRMINGHAM o2 Academy, 0844 477 2000
24 LONDON o2 Shepherds Bush Empire, 0844 477 2000
25 SOUTHAMPTON Guildhall, 023 8063 2601

03/05/12: First bands announced for Anonymous Festival

Organisers of this Augusts free youth festival, Anonymous, have just announced the first acts to perform this year, but as ever the day is about more than great music. There will be a whole host of activities and performances are being put together to give Dorchester a day to remember.

Local indie band The Indices will be joined by young rappers Dreads and Lyrical Agent along with the alt skiffle sounds of The Little Victory. Festival goers, young and old alike, will also get a chance to try their hand at slacklining, with Maverick Slackline or free running with Train Hard.

There will be a zorbing and a bouncy castle as well as a chance to get crafty with art and craft workshops. In fact everything you need for a great day out with the family.

In the rings by the main stage young local dance groups, ranging from ballet to street dance, will be strutting their stuff and entertaining the crowds. This year the Open Mic area will return, sponsored by Keep Love Sweet, and will allow young acoustic musicians to show off their songs.

Community Development Officer Emma Scott said: “Anonymous really is a festival of youth and showcases the wide range of activities that young people enjoy. Its not just music, though we have some great bands, but its dance, arts, sports. Many people would be amazed by the wide variety of activities young people in Dorchester are involved with and I’d encourage them to come along on August 25th to get a real taste of Dorchester's thriving youth culture.”

Festival co-ordinator Keith Hatch added. “This is the forth year Anonymous has happened and it keeps just getting bigger and better. We’ve already had lots of young musicians approach us, and the quality of the talent in the area is outstanding.”

The organisers of Anonymous have had great support from many organisations, particularly Dorchester Town Council, which is responsible for Maumbury Rings.

You can find out more by logging onto the facebook group or contacting Emma Scott on 01305 252204. Anonymous 2012 will be held in Maumbury Rings on 25th Aug. from 11.00 p.m. –9.00 p.m. .


"Learn to play the coolest instrument on the planet"...

Wednesday evenings (two separate classes);

"Absolute beginners" @ 7.30 pm (Folk) and "Intermediate" @ 8.15 pm (Blues).

Only five pounds per evening. You can choose to attend either a single class or you can attend both classes at no extra charge.

**Please be aware that you should already be able to bend notes in a controlled manner (or be prepared to acquire this skill) to get the best from the intermediate class.

The "Absolute Beginners Folk Class" is inclusive and user-friendly. It starts at the very beginning, giving you lots of practical playing tips and a firm foundation upon which to build. Before you know it you will have learned to perform some excellent melodies from the folk tradition encompasing Welsh, English, Irish, Scottish, Cajun, French, German and American music.

The "Intermediate Blues Class" is ideally suited to musicians who can already play harmonica. If you wish to improve your playing techniques, learn new harmonica pieces, better control your playing and want to practice with like-minded harmonica enthusiasts then we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday evenings.

Tuition is provided by Harmonica Tutor Aidan Sheehan BA (Hons) PGCE, MU. He is a National Harmonica League (UK) & HarpsCool Accredited Harmonica Tutor and performer. He has been a harmonica tutor for many years and has taught hundreds of people (all ages, all abilities) to play, regularly working alongside a variety of educational establishments, community organisations, charities, various institutions... even teaching people to play harmonica via the radio! He is also a performing musician and recording artist being a member of Whiskey River, the UK-based Zydeco Blues and Louisiana-style "Swamp-Rock" band.

Want to know more? Just get in touch :¬)

27/04/12: BLUES CRUISE!

On Thursday 9th August we set sail from Poole Harbour with the Smokin' Benny Brown Band for the Blues Cruise! A night of fun, blues and fireworks - all taking place on a boat - with a licenced bar!

Tickets for this special event are £15 each, and you get:

- FREE Drink on arrival
- Stunning Sunset Cruise out to Old Harry Rocks
- Two Fantastic Bands
- Unrivalled views of the Summer Breeze Firework Display

Guests board the boat from 7pm, which leaves the quay at 7.30pm - Paint It Blue will kick things off shortly after we depart, followed by the Smokin' Benny Brown Band! All this and fireworks too!

Please message us to secure tickets, which we will have with us at gigs very soon for you to collect/buy! This is a popular event, so it's a good idea to get your tickets sooner rather than later.

Hope you can make it!

Paint It Blue x




WHEN: SATURDAY 28th APRIL 2012, 9.00pm onwards



Swanage’s own post-rock folk troubadours Saturday Sun, who are currently making a splash across the UK, will be playing a show in their native Dorset at Sixty Million Postcards in Bournemouth Saturday 28th April. Joining them will be the refined indiepop sextet from Cornwall, Fire Island Pines, in their first Dorset show.

Saturday Sun don’t give too much away; “whenever a band has a biography it's usually written by themselves in a way that makes it sound as if it's not written by them … check out our tunes and you'll probably get a better idea of us”. Influenced by “great music, great ideology and great times” the acoustic/alternative band from Swanage are Alex Hedley, Bill Merrick, Alec Harrison and Luke Kill. With a series of high profile gigs lined up across London later in the summer, catch Saturday Sun in one of their few Dorset shows while you can.

Writing about their brand-new EP Seagull Never Enough Notes blog said “Alex’s voice takes hold of you and draws you into this sublime song that drifts through your thoughts like an autumn breeze”. It is available now at:

Fire Island Pines appeared on the South West indie scene last year. They were included on Art is Hard Records’ celebrated indie compilation Dry Route to Devon and their recent EP Rickie Lee Jones has received oodles of critical acclaim. The sextet have been winning over audiences from Bristol to Brighton with their quirky blend of bright and breezy pop songs and low-key bittersweet vocals enriched by brass, percussion and a trio of gently jangling guitars.

The Rickie Lee Jones EP, described by Folly of Youth blog as “the shy sophisticate sensitivity of Felt meets the swoon of early Postcard jangle”, is available now at: and also at Bournemouth’s Rose Red Records.

The gig will be taking place at Sixty Million Postcards, Bournemouth’s super stylish hangout for all those who love to hear alternative music, with great food and art to boot. Entry is free and the music starts from around 9.00pm.


Hey folks,

Firstly, our song 'Not Gonna Lost My Faith' has been nominated for a British Blues Award! Voting is still open for the Kevin Thorpe Memorial Award - designed to celebrate original songwriting - please take a second to show your support and vote for us! You can do so until the end of April, just go to:

Secondly, following the Final of the New Brunswick Battle of the Blues last month, material captured on the night has emerged which we'd like to share with you:

Zone One Radio of London have featured us in their Blues Special, with interviews from the night amongst some great blues songs, check it out:!/2012/04/victoria-ferran-zoneoneradio-blues.html

The video of our performance of 'Crash', our set-opener, is up on Youtube - see it here:

Also, see our Facebook and Reverbnation pages for photos from the night courtesy of a number of talented photographers!
We also have received lots of great shots from the Dorset Music Awards, including this album from Alexander Freeman:

Alas, we did not get a trophy at this year's Dorset Music Awards, but we send our sincere thanks to all who voted for us in the various categories and came to see us in the Live Heats.

Our next gig is this Saturday night at The Red Lion, Winfirth, Dorset from 9pm.

Upcoming gigs:

Fri 4th May - Qudos, Salisury @ 9pm
Sun 6th May - The Cartwheel Inn, Whitsbury @ 7pm
Fri 18th May - The Wheatsheaf, New Milton @ 9.30pm
Sun 20th May - Bar One, Swanage @ 5pm
Sat 26th May - The Spyglass & Kettle, Southbourne @ 9.30pm

Sat 2nd June - Ashburton Blues Festival, Devon @ 12.30pm
Sun 3rd June - The Yew Tree Inn, Odstock, Salisbury @ 9pm

See you soon,
Paint It Blue x


We are Who Shot Sherlock, we are a five piece alternative rock band from the South West of the United Kingdom, blending a big rock rhythm section with catchy pop hooks and captivating lead lines. Forming in 2011 and playing a rapturous debut show in a local venue and have been playing around the dorset scene, we have spent much of our time perfecting a unique sound before heading to Fortress Studios to record our debut EP Elementary in early 2012 with Producer Joe Grouse (The Courtesans, Wires) and mixed by Dan Weller (Enter Shikari, Young Guns).

We are looking for gigs over the summer period as we are touring the south of england, we are very happy to support bands.

Here are two of our tracks from our debut EP elementary due for release in the next month.

31/03/12: PAINT IT BLUE

Hello everyone,

Firstly, if you're looking for something to do tonight (Sat 31st) then come and join us for a special night of music at Harmans Cross Village Hall near Swanage! Doors at 7.30pm, music from 8pm - for tickets and info, see their website:

Secondly, we have been nominated for a British Blues Award!! Our song 'Not Gonna Lose My Faith' from our debut album has been nominated - please click here: and give us your vote!! We'd appreciate you helping us by spreading the word too!

Thank you for all your support recently in the various competitions we've been involved in - it's wonderful to know you are rooting for us!

We were not the chosen winners of the New Brunswick Battle of the Blues last Tuesday at The Garage, but it's great to have been among the last five acts, chosen from over 100 acts who entered. We gave it everything we had! It was great to play at The Garage, meet and watch the other top acts in the Final, and to perform for people who are passionate about blues! We had a great number of people who came from all over to support us, so a massive thank you to them for travelling to be there, and for all those who sent good luck messages.

We didn't make it through to the Final of the Dorset Music Awards, but we are proud to have got to the Semi Finals - again thank you to those who came and supported us. You can still vote for us in two other categories:

One Great Song: 'Not Gonna Lose My Faith' -
Favourite Album: 'Paint It Blue' -

Upcoming gigs:

Tonight - 31st March - Harmans Cross Village Hall, Purbeck - 8pm - £6

Fri 6th April - Good Friday! - The Spyglass & Kettle, Southbourne @ 9.30pm
Sat 21st April - The Red Lion, Winfrith @ 9pm

Fri 4th May - Qudos, Salisbury @ 9pm
Sun 6th May - The Cartwheel Inn, Whitsbury @ 7pm
Fri 18th May - The Wheatsheaf, New Milton @ 9.30pm
Sun 20th May - Bar One (Formerly Bar Se7en), Swanage @ 5pm
Sat 26th May - The Spyglass & Kettle, Southbourne @ 9.30pm

Sat 2nd June - Ashburton Blues Festival, Devon @ 12.30pm
Sun 3rd June - The Yew Tree, Oddstock near Salisbury @ 9pm

For a full list, see

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Watch us on Youtube:

And Myspace:

Thanks for reading, see you at a gig soon!

Paint It Blue x

26/03/12: Zakopower ( - 15th May – Bournemouth, O2 Academy (£25)


"One of the hottest music bands on the current Polish musical scene and the only one that has truly successfully combined Polish highland folk with contemporary sounds, Zakopower are one of Poland’s most popular bands ever. Their debut album “Music Hall” (2005) quickly reached gold status selling over 25 000 copies and they have been awarded numerous music awards in their native Poland. Their music features elements of folk and rock aesthetics, clever use of electronics, and draws on jazz influences as well as incorporating African beats - the overall mix resulting in a truly unique, authentic and strong sound – fun, lively, infectious and instantly recognizable."


One of the hottest music bands on the current Polish musical scene and the only one that has truly successfully combined Polish highland folk with contemporary sounds.
Sometimes labelled as folk rock, Zakopower escapes all manner of classification – their music, originally inspired by the Podhale Polish highlands musical tradition equally features rock aesthetics, clever use of electronics, draws on jazz influences as well as incorporates African beats - the overall mix resulting in a truly unique, authentic and strong sound – fun, lively, infectious and instantly recognizable.

Named after the highland town Zakopane situated in the Tatra mountains and founded by phenomenal violinist Sebastian Karpiel Bulecka the band is seen as one of Poland’s most popular bands ever. Their debut album “Music Hall” (2005) quickly reached gold status selling over 25 000 copies. They have been awarded numerous folk as well as various mainstream music awards in their native Poland, most notably the prestigious academy award Fryderyk award in 2008 for best polish ethno/folk album (for their second album “Na Siedem” featuring Nigel Kennedy’s guest performance) and have been nominated for the Best Polish Performer in MTV Europe Music Awards (2006). Their concert DVD released in 2009 received gold status for best selling music DVD in the polish music market and remains a bestseller. Their most recent and most highly acclaimed album “Boso” released in 2011 has achieved double platinum status and the single has topped the charts for several weeks, being played by virtually all major radio stations.

Their instrumentation includes violin, highland bass, bagpipes, highland flute.
Unlike many ethno/folk inspired groups of today rather than unashamedly borrow from existing melodies the band develop and present entirely new original compositions - an ingenious mix of traditional and modern– drawing on folk aesthetics and technique but yet allowing it to develop and expand and bringing it in tune with the 21st century -theirs is a truly creative and progressive approach to making music. This is music with rare truthfulness to it and masses of positive energy and it cuts easily through language or cultural barriers, easily reaching and fascinating audiences from all backgrounds. Skilled musicians, known predominantly for the very highly charged energetic performances, they are a versatile ensemble with vast and varied repertoire that delivers equally well at large outdoor shows as well as more intimate clubs and acoustic stages.

The band is made up of an eclectic group of musicians, all bringing unique touch to this ingenious mix and is led by a phenomenal violinist Sebastian Karpiel Bulecka, recognized as the leading one of the young generation of Podhale region – an extraordinarily gifted and intuitive musician - vocalist and instrumentalist - great showman and charismatic band leader, praised by critics both for his skills on the violin as well as stage manner and natural ability to engage the audience.
The full line up includes:
Sebastian Karpiel – Bulecka - lead violin, lead vocals, bagpipes, highland flute
Bartlomiej Kudasik – viola, vocals
Wojciech Topa – violin, vocals
Józef Chyc-Scepon - highland bass
Piotr Rychlec – keyboards
Tomasz Krawczyk – electric guitar
Dominik Trebski - trabka
Michal Trabski – electric bass
Lukasz Moskal - drums

All seasoned musicians, they have recorded and performed with Nigel Kennedy and Goran Bregovic, worked alongside other renowned international musicians (Doug Boyle, Mamadou Diouf) as well as collaborated with leading musicians from Polish popular scene (Kayah, Voo Voo, T.Love, Grzegorz Turnau and others) and the jazz scene (Nigel Kennedy Quintet, Robert Majewski, Zbigniew Namyslowski)

They have amassed a great following in their native Poland and are steadily gaining a large fan base worldwide, with fans demanding concerts from as far as US, New Zealand and Australia.
Predominantly a live performing band they tour extensively both in Poland and abroad,
giving on average about 100 performances a year (having developed a somewhat legendary status with their shows unfailingly attracting large audiences of crazed, histerical with euphoria fans) their touring schedule has so far taken them throughout Europe (including major festivals such as Rudolstadt, Sziget, Ostrava, Zagreb) as well as the US (NY, Chicago) and the Far East (India, China) and Africa (Marocco).

In 2010, they appeared in the exclusive line up of artists representing the very best of Poland at Nigel Kennedy’s Polish Weekend at the London’s prestigious SouthBank Centre, with their performance selling out the Queen Elizabeth Hall, causing quite a stir and gaining them high critical acclaim as well as huge interest from both British promoters and the media. Their steadily rising fan base on the Isles made a need of a larger UK tour - they are returning to perform in May 2012, amongst others cities, their touring schedule will feature HMV Forum London, Institute Birmingham, HMV Picture House Edinburgh & O2 ABC Glasgow.

Media quotes

“Zakopower are to highlander music what the Pogues are to Irish music. Even if you can’t understand a word of it you will love it.”
“All my friends have gone crazy about Zakopower. Everybody’s bought their album”
Nigel Kennedy

“Undoubtedly the most popular polish group ever”
Nigel Kennedy’s Polish Weekend, Southbank Centre

“(…)emerging polish musical talent, a fiery folk group Zakopower”
Jazzwise Magazine

“(…the violinist Sebastian Karpiel – Bulecka leads Zakopower. (..)The band is one of Poland’s most popular groups“
Time Out

„(…) Sebastian Karpiel – Bulecka, of Zakopower: his violin became an electrified bird, flying and trilling with mesmerising high speed-elan“
1st June 2010 The Times,
Geoff Brown „Nigel Kennedy’s World Cup Project at the Clore Ballroom“ (Southbank Centre)

„Best band The great thing about Zakopower is that even my Polish friends can’t understand what the f**k they’re saying ’cos it’s in Goralic mountain dialect. It’s a bit like how Americans can’t understand Irish. Zakopower play a semi-techno, popular adaptation of highlander music. It’s kind of folky with violins but they’ve got a good edge of pop consciousness”
Nigel Kennedy, The Times, 21st May 2010, Emma Pomfret „Nigel Kennedy Jams with the Pole Cats”


2005 - Opole Festival
2005 - Sopot TopTrendy Festival
2008 - Fryderyk, Album Roku Etno/Folk
2011 - Opole Festival


Music Hall (cd) 2005
Na Siedem (cd) 2008
Koncertowo (dvd) 2009
Boso (cd) 2011



May I introduce FINDING LOLA, a Bournemouth based band that play surf/grunge rock. We have been playing for a while now and feel our music has lots of energy and really gets the audience up and dancing. We are influenced by Reef, Black Stone Cherry, Incubus, Wolfmother and others, trying to bring back that 90's sound that everyone loved so much. Check back for our gigs coming soon...

12/03/12: Hi folks!

We have news for you...

Paint It Blue are through to the Semi Finals of the Dorset Music Awards!

We will be performing in the first of two heats at Mr Kyps in Parkstone, near Poole, this Saturday 17th March!

We would love to have your support in this - tickets can be bought online here: at £5 each

...or on the door on the night (Admission minimum age restriction of 14+ if accompanied by an adult).

The ethos of the competition means that we'll be performing all original material, as will the other four acts, so it's set to be a great showcase for local, live, original music!

The line up for our heat:

The General Public
Paint It Blue
Peace, Love & Gloves
Know One

Only four of the ten remaining acts can go through to the Final, which is to be held at the O2 Academy in Boscombe next month.

Ticket Link:

For all info, visit:

We hope that you can be there to support us!

Paint It Blue x

11/03/12: SWANAGE BLUES NEWSLETTER – post March Festival 2012

Swanage Blues Festivals

60 Gigs in 20 Venues


All gone, but the memories linger on! Thank you if you’ve already sent your comments – see Your words summarise the Sprit of the Festival better than I can.

If you’d like to comment, please email

Thanks to everybody and especially The Bucketeers, whose hard work again raised around the same amount of money as the last five festivals - equivalent to just over £2 per person per weekend (based on 2,000 people attending) plus programme sales.

Enough people were generous to make up for those who were not – overall you gave enough to keep us going till the next festival.


In an attempt to do more than tread water, next time people will be asked to make a contribution of at least £5 a day towards festival funds. The mere fact that you’re subscribing to this newsletter quite probably means you happily give at least £5 a day when you’re here, but...

We’re considering festival wristbands so you can show you have made a contribution of at least £5 a day or £10 for the weekend. Wristbands will be available in advance or from the festival shop and other outlets. The Bucketeers will continue to collect from everybody who wishes to make a contribution.

Comparable events have ticket prices of £35 - £100 for a weekend’s music, so £5 a day isn’t too much to ask!

Or is it? Email your comments please to

Your opinion is very important to us. We will listen and take it into account as always.


You can now advertise on the festival website; in the festival programme (32 pages last festival); or on the monthly ‘Live Music and more...’ gig guide. Email if you’re interested.


If you missed your opportunity to purchase a Swanage Blues Festival T-Shirt at the weekend all is not lost. Just email Stan & Helen at to arrange mail order. Cost will be £17 to include postage. All sizes available Small (36” chest) to XXXL (56” chest).

Personally, I love the way they’ve incorporated the Artists’ and Venues’ names into the design. Well Done and Thank You!


We will be asking Friends of Swanage Blues to vote on Acts they wish to see at upcoming festivals and other events. The next PRIZE DRAW will be held at the end of March.

So far, only 76 people have renewed or joined for 2012, so PLEASE do it now before you forget!

To join, see Friends of Swanage Blues on the festival website (now accepting PayPal) or send your name, address, phone number and £10 cheque payable to “Swanage Blues” to:

Swanage Blues, T I C, Shore Road, Swanage, Dorset BH19 1LB. Thank you!

09/02/12: 12th SWANAGE BLUES FESTIVAL - The 12th Swanage Blues Festival – 2, 3, 4 March 2012 – 70 gigs by 40 Acts in 20 Venues – free admission to customers!

All organised by one man with no major grants or sponsors! FULL FESTIVAL LINE UP HERE!

06/02/12: FOLK-AHOLICS!!

A festival for the folk-aholic, Bournemouth Folk Festival celebrates the brilliant new wide-ranging folk music of this country.

Charismatic songwriter MARTYN JOSEPH and BBC Folk Musician of the Year ANDY CUTTING give concerts and workshops. These are on the Saturday afternoon along with EMILY BARKER’s Red Clay Halo and ex-Twisted Folk star MARTHA TILSTON with six piece band.
Anglo-Spanish celts The URBAN FOLK QUARTET headline the Friday night concert with fiddler Paloma Trigas playing jigs and muineiras after Jeremy Avis’s KORASONG RADIO. Also on main stage Friday night are indie-folk FEARNE and folk-blues guitarist ALEX ROBERTS.
The festival’s final session is on Saturday night with three bands: hoedown-ceilidh with CUT-A-SHINE and caller, impelling rhythms from cello-led prog-folkers The MOULETTES, and to close, Anglo-Congolese soukous and salsa band GRUPO LOKITO.
No clichés, just good music!
Check out for ticket information, the full programme and youtube of all main acts.


Ok for those of you not at the sign up party at the Jug last night, here are those juicy details that were promised.....

There have been a few changes to this years competition. We wanted to offer a life changing prize and i think we have achieved this by awarding all the individual prizes to ONE overall winner as a super prize package.

This package contains all the essentials a singer songwriter needs to get there foot well and truly up the ladder of the music industry in this era.

So one talented person will recieve...

- An album of their material professionally recorded, mixed and mastered to radio play quality.
- The album pressed and packaged
- High quality Artwork and design for album and promo posters.
- A photoshoot for use on album and promo posters.
- Online digital distribution of album.
- A music Video
- Over £200 of musical instrument shop vouchers (think of all the strings you could buy!)
- A slot at the Purbeck Folk festival plus more to be confirmed.
- And of course a shiny trophy!

I wanted this years judging system to be uneqivocally straight forward and fair as possible so every act will be judged purley by all the prize givers at every stage.

Another big difference this time around is that we wanted to make more of a level playing field and to concerntrate on the individual artist as a song writer and performer. So this year the competition is open only to solo artists. ALTHOUGH you may invite one or two people to the stage for a couple of songs in the later rounds.

We have also been very lucky to have the amazing venue of The Winchester, Bournemouth to hold host to the competition this year. Heats will be held in the early part of the week, every week, throughout March and April (specifific dates given soon after sign up).

So if you would like to sign up all you need to do at this stage is send your NAME (and stage name if applicable), ADDRESS and TELEPHONE NUMBER by email to Everyone that enters will be invited to play the live audition stage. Closing date for signing up is 19th Feb. You must be over 18 years of age and live in the Dorset area.

I hope that was juicy enough!, and hope to see you soon,

Anthony Lewis


We have Paint It Blue updates for you!

Today we were featured in the Bournemouth Echo newspaper, due to us making it to the Final of the New Brunswick Battle of the Blues - check it out online:
The Final of the competition takes place at The Garage, Highbury Corner, London N5 1RD on Tuesday 27th March.
Get tickets from:
For more info. on the competition, visit:

In other music-competition-related news, we can confirm the date of our Quarter Final Round of the Dorset Music Awards 2012:
Friday 10th February at The Winchester pub, Poole Hill, Bournemouth BH2 5PW.
Tickets are £5, available on the door, or in advance via:
Other top local acts playing on the night are: Jack Grace, Krista Green, Tom Clements & Constellation.
We would love to have your support, as only 10 of the 20 Quarter Finalists can go through to the Semi Finals - please come and make some noise for us!!

These live performances are for the 'Best Live Act' category, and your vote could make all the difference as to how far we get in the competition!
Please vote for us in the Public Vote via

We are also nominated for two other categories in the Dorset Music Awards this year - and, you guessed it, we need your vote!
Our debut album 'Paint It Blue' is up for 'Favourite Album/EP' -
And 'Not gonna Lose My Faith' from the album is nominated in the 'One Great Song' category -

Please take a second to vote - it is quick and easy! Thank you.

It is February already, and only a couple of weeks until we take a trip to Broadstairs in Kent, to perform at The Broadstairs Blues Bash!
We will be playing on Saturday 18th Feb at The Balmoral, 27 Albion Street, Broadstairs, Kent CT10 1LU from 5pm until 7pm. Entry is FREE.
We would love to see you there, it's looking to be a great event! For more info. see:

After February cometh March, and March means... Swanage Blues Festival!
We are very happy to be playing TWO gigs this time!
Friday 2nd - The Crow's Nest, Ulwell Road, Swanage BH19 1LE @ 9pm
Saturday 3rd - Bar Se7en, High Street, Swanage BH19 2LN @ 3pm
We will also be jammin' with all the Swanage favourites over the weekend!

On March 31st we will be returning to Purbeck to perform at a special Music Night at Harmans Cross Village Hall.
Check out their Facebook page:
Tickets are £6 and available from:
Swanage Tourist Information - Shore Road 01929 422885
Wareham Tourist Information - South Street 01929 552740
Spar Shop Harmans Cross - ( From 24/02/12 )
Nigel Edmonds - 01929 477134
John Dainton - 01929 480477
Doors at 7.30pm, music from 8pm. There will be cafe-style seating and a liscenced bar.
Email with any questions.
The Hall's website:


Swanage Blues Festival

A record-breaking 70 gigs in 20 indoor venues!

MARCH FESTIVAL – 2, 3, 4 March 2012

All details of Artists, Venues and a Schedule of who’s on where and when, are all available on the website – plus a Poster for you to print out and put up – please!

Admission will again be Free to Customers, but Venues reserve the right to charge an admission fee to non-customers. Restaurants usually require pre-booking.

The festival is funded by Your Contributions so please be generous to ensure these festivals keep going! And please be nice to The Bucketeers, who are music fans like you who have given up their weekend to ensure there IS a weekend!

There is a list of Accommodation on the website. The Grand Hotel (one of our main sponsors) is offering a special rate of £55 per person per night for B&B.

Stan & Helen from The Riverside Blues Band will be selling new design Tee Shirts. We totally support them in their venture and hope you will too.

You can see videos and hear music from the festival’s Artists on our Facebook Page – well worth joining

We look forward to seeing you!


25/01/12: PAINT IT BLUE

Paint It Blue have made it through to the Quarter Finals of this year's Dorset Music Awards, and have also been nominated for two other prizes!

YOUR vote could make all the difference to the result - please follow the links & vote!

Best Live Act:

One Great Song ('Not Gonna Lose My Faith'):

Favourite Album (Paint It Blue):

t he four Quarter Final dates will be held at The Winchester venue, in Bournemouth, in February.

Thank you for voting, we really appreciate your support!!

Paint It Blue x

19/01/12: PAINT IT BLUE

Paint It Blue are thrilled to be through to the Final of the New Brunswick Battle of the Blues competition - to be held at The Garage, Highbury, London, on Tuesday 27th March 2012.

Last night (Weds 18th Jan) Paint It Blue performed alongside 5 other blues acts in the South West heat of the competition, and were voted first place by a panel of three judges.

"The Canadian Province of New Brunswick has been looking to the UK to provide new performers for its world-renowned Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival, which celebrates its 21st Anniversary in 2012. Says competition organiser, Lee George; “The competition at this heat was fierce. Six excellent acts provided a great evening of live entertainment. But there had to be just one overall winner and Paint It Blue was chosen. "

The winner of the Competition will get an all-expenses paid trip to the beautiful maritime province of New Brunswick to perform on one of the main stages at the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival in the provinces’ capital Fredericton in September.

For more information about the competition, visit

We would love to have your support at the Final - buy tickets online at:


17/01/12: PAINT IT BLUE

Happy New Year, Paint It Blue fans!

We have lots coming up to kick-start 2012!

Firstly, tomorrow (Weds 18th Jan) we head to The Thunderbolt in Bristol to compete in the South West heat of the New Brunswick Battle of the Blues competition!
We are among six blues acts competing for a place in the final of the national competition, to be held in London in March.
Wish us luck! If you can be there to show your support in person that would be fantastic!
Entry is FREE, from 7.30pm, first band on at 8pm - for more info: and

Secondly, we have entered the Dorset Music Awards 2012, and are among 40 acts competing in the first round of the 'Best Live Act' category.
The acts will performing over two days, this coming weekend at Centre Stage in Bournemouth. We will be performing this Sunday 22nd at 3.45pm - we would love you to come and make some noise for us!
Tickets are just £3 - for 20 artists! - get yours from: tp://
Music starts at midday until 6pm - for more info:

We are also in the running for the 'One great Song' category of the Dorset Music Awards! 'Not Gonna Lost My Faith' from our debut album has been nominated.
If you think it deserves to win, visit next week when voting begins!

Catch us live this weekend...

This Friday 20th Jan - Bankes, Penn Hill ' 8pm - 10pm
This Saturday 21st Jan - The Cellar Bar, Boscombe @ 10pm until... who knows!

For full gig listings, please visit
For videos - comment & subscribe! -
To download the album or tracks from it:


Swanage Blues Festivals

60 gigs in 20 indoor venues – free to customers

MARCH FESTIVAL – 2, 3, 4 March 2012

ARTISTS – so far

NEW: Gypsy Elise & The Royal Blues (from New Orleans), Clare Free, Howling At The Moon, Jason Manners & 3 Buck Shirt, Jay Tamkin Band, Milton-Farrow Skiffle & Blues Band (with Alan Glen) and The Tin Cats

PLUS John Crampton, Coalhouse Walker, The Guv’nors, Pearl Handled Revolver, Robert Hokum Band, Assorted Buskers, Back Porch, Blind Lemon Gliders, Blue Touch, C Sharp Blues, David Raphael Band, Fabulous Fezheads, Jam Sessions with Robin Bibi Band, The Jawbreakers, Open Mic Sessions with Johnny Sharp & Martin Froud, Kevin Brown, Kris Dollimore, Lewis Cohen, Motel 6, The Mustangs, Paint It Blue, Pete Harris Duo/Band with Hugh Budden and Ray Drury, Riverside Blues Band, Robin Bibi Band, Steamer, Tim Harrison, Tommy Allen & Johnny Hewitt, Will Killeen and – with a bit of luck – yours truly, Steve Darrington!

More information, photos and links at Artists on website

Sorry to all artists whose applications have been unsuccessful. Due to overwhelming numbers of applications, the Selection Committee has set new conditions at Want to Play? on website.


If you need to book, you need to book now. There is a good selection at Accommodation on website.



The Christmas Eve Grand Prize Draw produced the following winning membership numbers: 91, 15, 24. If one of these is yours, please email me to arrange delivery of your prize.


Singers and bands wanted for Live and Unsigned 2012 auditions!

Singers and bands are wanted as Live and Unsigned 2012 auditions start early January! With the chance to play at The O2 in London and with £100,000 in prizes, Live and Unsigned auditions are set to attract thousands of unsigned singers and bands when auditions begin in January 2012. The competition has also just announced an additional new main cash prize of £10,000 for the winning act to spend on their development. Live and Unsigned auditions are heading to Highlight, Portsmouth on Saturday 25th February!

Singers and bands to be filmed

A new addition to the competition in 2012 is that it will also be filmed for a new music series to be broadcast on Sky TV; a fly-on-the-wall music series on Live and Unsigned has given acts another reason to enter the competition! The documentary music series airing next year on Sky TV, will give an insight into what goes on behind the scenes of the Live and Unsigned competition.

Festival slots

To add to that, there is the prospect of festival slots across the UK and the world and it’s clear to see that Live and Unsigned is THE competition for aspiring bands and acts to enter in the New Year. There are festival slots in Canada, Italy, Latvia and Dublin up for grabs for the best unsigned acts in the country that make it to the Grand Final at The O2, which is incorporated into Live Fest, London’s biggest indoor festival.

Live and Unsigned Auditions 2012

Live and Unsigned is the UK’s biggest unsigned music competition for original artists and auditions are open to all genres. So whether you're into pop, RnB, punk, Indie, Alternative, rock or acoustic, the competition has it all. Each year the competition prize pool gets bigger and better as acts take to the stage and battle it out for equipment, festival slots, studio time and master classes. Other prizes up for grabs include a UK tour, a selection of Blackstar and TC Electronic amps, extensive coverage on MUZU TV and YouTube anda comprehensive consultation package with Future Music including social marketing, image, brand, access to industry contacts plus more!

All acts in the competition are auditioned live which is what makes Live and Unsigned so unique, there are no demo submissions. Acts that make it through the audition stage will get to perform to industry judges, A&R associates and celebrity guests in some of the UK's most prestigious venues. Those who make it to the Grand Final will get to share the stage with some of the UK's best musicians at Live Fest at The O2 in London!Acts on the bill last year included Tinchy Styder, Zane Lowe, Roll Deep and The Hoosiers.

Industry Judges

Judges set to join the panel in 2012 include Radio 1 DJ’sAnnie Nightingale, Tom Deacon and Daniel P Carter, Kerrang’s Alex Baker and Happy Mondays star Bez.

Live and Unsigned Auditions

Auditions begin again in January 2012 with a number of new audition venues on the circuit including the world famous Dingwalls in Camden. Acts are urged to enter now as places are in high demand and auditions are limited for what will be a great platform for any act or band to showcase their music. For information on how to secure your live audition for 2012 go to and register today!


Beca has reviewed the new EP from local Bournemouth band Empire Affair - check it out on the Dolfin Reviews page here.
















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