Daylight Music 26/03/11

Daylight Music was back this week after taking a well deserved rest…musical treats for the afternoon were:

the luscious tones of Josienne Clarke, playing with Ben Walker…


…then it was time for a quick interlude…to re-caffeinate…all proceeds made from refreshments at Daylight Music go to the Margins Project

…before The Last Dinosaur took to the stage…

…special thanks to Eliseo who took charge of the sound, even though he had a broken elbow!


Daylight Music 12/03/11

So nice to be back at Daylight Music this week, particularly as Sundown Arts presented the fantastic Luke Wright to open…he’s got to be one of the hardest working performance poets around…if you haven’t seen him, or heard his insightful,funny and occasionally political word/rhyme manifestations on the radio, go see/listen pronto!  Or, alternatively, if you’re of a more traditionalist bent…and you like actual words on an actual page, check out Nasty Little Press and buy his book ‘High Performance’…which includes ‘Luke’s Got A Joke’ and ‘When Instant Coffee Just Isn’t Enough’…

Next up was the frankly hilarious Helen Arney, bringing her special ukelele accompanied brand of comedy style…

Then it was time for a quick break for everyone to grab a steaming hot cup of tea or coffee before settling down to the soft dreamy tones of Essie Jain

Hats off to Sundown Arts’ Jo for keeping us all giggling between acts…

..a grand way to start Saturday…


Re-Arranging Folk @ King’s Place

This was set to be a very special, one-off show…as chief penguin over at Arctic Circle HQ described it:

Since the folk revival of the 1960s, bands have employed lush string arrangements to lift their music beyond the conventional.

Tonight promises an evening of sublime folk music featuring violinist Mike Siddell (The Miserable Rich, Hope Of The States).

Over the last three years, Siddell has influenced much of the output of Brighton’s Wilkommen Collective, including The Leisure Society, Sons Of Noel and Adrian, and most notably The Miserable Rich, whose baroque indie sound is driven by the strings.

So here’s what happened when Penguins…

…met strings…

Indeed the night did not disappoint…

The Miserable Rich (new spooky album in the making according to rumours) kicked off the night…

Followed by Sam de la Haye

…the amazing Jo Bartlett

….Danni Nicholls

…Martin Aloysius Brignall (Train Chronicles)

……Sam Herlihy formerly of The Hope of the States, and more recently, The Northwestern

……Essie Jain

Lucky Jim

…then there was just time for an unexpected surprise guest in the shape of Nick Hemming of The Leisure Society, performing ‘The Last of the Melting Snow’…

…before Jennifer Left closed the show…


Barbican Weekender 05/03/11

I heart the Barbican…the music they put on is almost always fantastic, and the Barbican Weekender always has a lot of crazy activities to get up to…

and the Creative Learning team do an immense job putting on great free events for people of all ages to enjoy, as well as making time for fun…

…and the Silent Disco, as part of their ‘Lates’ can result in the extraordinary experience of hearing a crowd of people of all ages singing A-Ha’s ‘Take on me’!

More photos from the day/night should be appearing in the Barbican facebook and flickr streams soon…


Edwyn Collins preview at the Idea Generation Gallery 03/03/11

Last week I was invited by Chief Penguin, Arctic Circle head honcho and he of the amazing podcasts Ben Eshmade to a preview of Edwyn Collins’ (he of Orange Juice fame) at the Idea Generation Gallery…really beautiful drawings of an ornithological nature!  (Also there were some amazing music related shots…including some of Storm Thurgeson’s artwork lurking in a little ‘back room’ which I was geeking out over)

Later on, courtesy of  Dale Grundle of The Sleeping Years, we snuck in to an intimate performance by Collins and his new fellow bandmates, where he sang ‘Falling and Laughing‘ among other classics.  The venue was crazy dark, even for the immense ISO range on my camera, and I didn’t want to disturb the set by using flash, but I did politely ask for a photo afterwards!