Music

Gigging the Blues Away

The ever-growing Leek Blues & Americana Festival is returning this autumn – and once again the Foxlowe will be one of the many venues across the town which will be hosting gigs.

First up will be the UK public premiere of the blues film Sidemen: Long Road to Glory (12A) on Tuesday October 2. Admission £5.

Then The Guy Tortora Band will be performing at the Foxlowe on Wednesday October 3. Born and raised in Pasadena, California, Guy Tortora is currently based in London. He is a guitar player of some accomplishment and a distinctive songwriter. He will be joined for this Foxlowe gig by Dave Luke and Chuck Micallef.

Then on Sunday October 7, there will be an amazing selection (FXLW Anericana) of some of the finest local, national and international Americana acts taking to the Foxlowe stage. The line-up is: Adam Coxon & Rick Ford, The Rye Sisters, Mean Mary & Frank James, Fine Lines, Lissy Taylor, and Strange Blue Dreams.

Wristbands £10 for 16 year olds and over.

Free admission for under 16s.

For further information about, and to purchase tickets for all Leek Blues & Americana gigs, visit www.leekblues.co.uk

Perfect Summer Garden (and Indoors) Party

The Great Get-Together in honour of Jo Cox, saw a perfect day with a fabulous diversity of music, singing, crafts, art workshops and fun.  Great food in the cafe, drinks in the bar and picnics on the lawn, plus a little light strawberry picking.

Highlights included classical music for babies in the marquee on the lawn, the full Peace through Folk choir, plus the Sisden Singers and Settle Voices who came all the way from Yorkshire to be with us.

There was also a Celtic harpist in the Cruso Room, plus many other musicians and singers in the informal sing-around sessions.  Also safe archery laid on for children – and that was just the daytime.

The free admission ‘ticket’ requested an in date packaged or canned item for Leek Food Bank. And these came in great quantity. Thanks to all who donated!

There was also a charity cash collection in aid of The Foxlowe Trust, UNHCR, War Child, Save The Children, Médecins Sans Frontières and the Tim Parry – Jonathan Ball Foundation For Peace, which has raised £190.02 so far.  Thanks also to all who donated to this collection.

Finally many thanks to Malc Hawksworth and Peace through Folk, who made this happen through many hours of organisation and perparation, also all the musicians, artists and crafts people who participated and the Foxlowe volunteers who helped in advance and on the day – a great collaborative exercise.

“While we celebrate our diversity, what surprises me time and time again… is that we are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us.”     

Jo Cox MP

Leek goes Mad For It as Adored and Definitely Mightbe bring the sounds of Manchester

Leek went “mad for it” as Adored and Definitely Mightbe brought the anthemic sounds of Manchester to the Staffordshire Moorlands on Saturday night.

Playing to a packed, sweaty room full of ecstatic Indie Kids and Old Ravers and Madchester Baggies – advanced enough in years to have attended the Stone Roses seminal Spike Island and Blackpool Empress Ballroom events, and Oasis’ Knebworth gigs – Adored and Definitely Mightbe recreated the music of The Stone Roses and Oasis in front of an up-for-it audience happy to dance, hug and sing along with every word of every song.

The same four musicians play as Adored and Definitely Mightbe – lead singer Ian Alcock, lead guitarist Paul Mitchell, and the rhythm section of Kev Pyne on bass and Pete Coppard on drums – and Adored played the first set of the night. Following a quick change of outfits and a couple of pints, the lads returned to the stage as Definitely Mightbe.

As the bands’ website says, “as good as the real thing? Well the legendary Alan McGee thought so when he recently introduced the band live on stage!”

Adored (Stone Roses Tribute)

Adored (Stone Roses Tribute)

Adored (Stone Roses Tribute)

Adored (Stone Roses Tribute)

Adored (Stone Roses Tribute)

Adored (Stone Roses Tribute)

Adored (Stone Roses Tribute)

Adored (Stone Roses Tribute)

Definitely Mightbe (Oasis Tribute Band)

Definitely Mightbe (Oasis Tribute Band)

Definitely Mightbe (Oasis Tribute Band)

Definitely Mightbe (Oasis Tribute Band)

Definitely Mightbe (Oasis Tribute Band)

Definitely Mightbe (Oasis Tribute Band)

Definitely Mightbe (Oasis Tribute Band)

Definitely Mightbe (Oasis Tribute Band)

Definitely Mightbe (Oasis Tribute Band)

Definitely Mightbe (Oasis Tribute Band)

All photos by Giles Metcalfe.

 

The Foxlowe possessed by Demon

Saturday the 2nd of June saw the Night of the Demon at The Foxlowe, as the invited guests of the Leek Arts Festival put on a fiendishly theatrical performance and took possession of the mass audience.

Demon play a mix of hard rock/heavy metal/progressive rock, and were formed in 1979 by vocalist Dave Hill and guitarist the late Mal Spooner, both hailing from here in Leek, Staffordshire.

From Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives:

“Demon started out as an occult-themed NWOBHM [New Wave of British Heavy Metal] band, but changed style to progressive/hard rock after their first two albums [Night of the Demon, and The Unexpected Guest]. Their later material varies, often even from album to album.”

Support on Saturday night came from The Blues Makers.

The Blues Makers

The Blues Makers

The Blues Makers

The Blues Makers

Demon

Demon

Demon

Demon

Demon

Demon

Demon

Demon

Demon

Demon

Demon

Demon

All photos by Giles Metcalfe.

Climax Blues Band

Formed in Stafford in the late 1960s, Climax Blues Band have always had a unique blend of jazz and blues. After 50 years, 18 albums, the hit “Couldn’t Get It Right” the band are still touring, and they brought their brand of jazzy blues to the Foxlowe for another high octane performance to a packed room.

Climax Blues Band

Climax Blues Band

Climax Blues Band

Climax Blues Band

Climax Blues Band

Climax Blues Band

Climax Blues Band

Climax Blues Band

Climax Blues Band

All photos by Giles Metcalfe.

How many musicians can you fit on one stage

Q: How many musicians can you fit on one stage?

A: A lot, if you’re the Joe Broughton’s Conservatoire Folk Ensemble.*

*And in the wings, and in front of the stage on floor level too. 50, in fact.

From the Joe Broughton website:

“Over the last two years The Conservatoire Folk Ensemble has played major shows everywhere from The Royal Albert Hall to Fairport’s Cropredy Convention and Towersey and Shambala festivals. Their new live album was also released to great acclaim. Joe set up this incredible band 19 years ago. Long before the current trend of big folk band line-ups and crazy folk fusions this band were drawing on influences of folk, funk, classical, ska, reggae, jazz, hip-hop and everything in between. Not only is the live performance of this 50 piece band (or funky orchestra should we say?!) second to none, you will most likely see the stars of tomorrow, many leading artists on the folk scene having been students of Joe’s.

“The Conservatoire Folk Ensemble is forever changing, always unique and has an energy & power that is unrivalled; it has to be seen to be believed. Using players from the prestigious Birmingham Conservatoire ensures that the standard of musicianship is top drawer and being led by folk fiddler Joe Broughton (Urban Folk Quartet, Albion Band, Joss Stone) means the music has the feel of a spontaneous folk orchestra and a show that doesn’t take itself too seriously.”

Joe Broughton's Conservatoire Folk Ensemble

Joe Broughton’s Conservatoire Folk Ensemble

Joe Broughton's Conservatoire Folk Ensemble

Joe Broughton’s Conservatoire Folk Ensemble

Joe Broughton's Conservatoire Folk Ensemble

Joe Broughton’s Conservatoire Folk Ensemble

Joe Broughton's Conservatoire Folk Ensemble

Joe Broughton’s Conservatoire Folk Ensemble

All photos by Giles Metcalfe.

Folk at the Foxlowe

Folk fans have been spoilt for choice recently at the Foxlowe, with a mixture of small scale, intimate performances and well-known acts playing to a packed room.

Here are some photos from recent gigs, including Keith James, TRADarrr and Fairport Convention.

Keith James

Keith James

TRADarrr

TRADarrr

TRADarrr

TRADarrr

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention

All photos by Giles Metcalfe.

It’s All Been Happening in May

Aerynn

Aerynn

The Foxlowe has been hosting great bands and events since the start of Leek Arts Festival 2018 but it’s not over yet, with lots more to come.

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention

TRADarrr

TRADarrr

Livewire AC/DC Tribute

Livewire AC/DC Tribute

The Great Get Together – Sunday 24th June

The Great Get Together – in honour of Jo Cox.

A Garden Party/Street Party/Picnic – call it what you will, it’s going to be a Great Free Family Event celebrating all that unites us, with Folk, Blues, Americana and Classical music and songs and creative artists & Fun!

Charity bucket collection.

Admission ‘ticket’ will be an ‘in date’ packaged or canned item of food for Leek Food Bank.

If you are a singer, musician, a band, a choir or a creative artist, let us know if you would like to take part.

E-mail: peacethroughfolk@gmail.com

Phone: 0780 552 9492

For more details see the full leaflet.

 

 

Three Big Gigs in March – Not to be missed!

We have a feast in store for music lovers at the end of March.

First up, Wille and the Bandits, supported by new band Blackballed, on Friday 23rd.

Having toured their unique brand of roots rock with the likes of Deep Purple, Joe Bonamassa, The John Butler Trio and Status Quo, Wille and the Bandits are now proudly touring their brand new, critically acclaimed album ‘Breakfree’.
The band are famous for creating an astonishingly huge sound, incorporating eclectic grooves from World music to Heavy Rock, using bizarre instrumentation such as Tongue Drum, Djembe, Lap steel guitar and Double bass they push the boundaries of what is expected of a modern three piece.

Then, the following week, on Wednesday 28th, Bob Log III – a spaceman playing a gig, not to be missed.

Bob Log III, Fat Possum recording artist and one man band crown prince of punk blues from Tuscon, Arizona. Witnessing Bob Log live is an unmissable and unforgettable experience.

And the following night, Thursday 29th, Dub Pistolsfestival favourites play in Leek.

“The band’s reputation as an explosive live act has seen them turn into super-tight festival regulars, with the Dub Pistols headlining some of the biggest festivals in Europe including Glastonbury, Bestival and Beat-Herder. Their bass-driven live machine has seen them win numerous plaudits along the way and recent live guests have included vocalists Rodney P, The Specials’ Terry Hall and Neville Staple, rap wünderkid T.K., Sugardaddy horn-blower Tim Hutton & scratch maestro, DJ Stix.”

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