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Sunday, 5 June 2016

IT'S ONLY ROOTS 'N ROLL BUT I LIKE IT - THE BLUES BLAGGERS, HONEYWITCH, EMILY SLADE AND BEAU JANGLES

So, every now and then our wonderful home of live music, Club-85 in Hitchin gets all decked out with chairs and tables, soft lighting and candles and hands over to Roger King & Co. for The Root's 'n Roll Cafe events, a more acoustic, folky, bluesy, jazzy sort of evening and to be honest, this one was an absolute cracker!


It has been quite a while since I'd seen Joathan Roberts and the band (Beau Jangles), in fact not since they appeared on our Arcadeclectic Stage at Rhythms of the World a few years back, so with their very catchy and politically astute and very English folk they set the evening off to an excellent start. I must mention that Jonathan has a 'concept' album out at the moment, Decades, a reflection on the decades in his (& my) lifetime, all proceeds are for charity and it's well worth getting at a mere fiver!

Beau Jangles
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Next along were The Blues Blaggers, fresh from their debut gig during the Sounds of Baldock weekend and this time on a proper stage with excellent sound engineering they were absolutely stunning, blues, jazz, rock fusion, every member a consummate musician and with a simply stunning singer they played a real barnstormer of a set, even the sound engineer remarked that they were the best band he'd had to do sound for this year, in fact for a very long time, he thought they were "Phenomenal" and so did I and many who were there.
OK so I am somewhat biased, lead singer Fran is one of my daughters but they were the band that everyone was talking about and certainly drew a significant number of the audience this night.

The Blues Blaggers
Fran from The Blues Blaggers
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Next to grace the stage was Emily Slade, now many of you will know that Emily is quite "A Name" in the world of folk music, given that she is a 'Local Lass' it was quite a surprise to learn that she'd never played Club-85 before, was she good? You bet, excellent intricate guitar work with beautiful clear vocals and poignant songs, a real treat.

Emily Slade
Final band of the evening were Honeywitch, in thier own words, "Honeywitch is a six-strong band writing and performing folk-influenced acoustic and electric songs that resonate with the seasons and the wildlife that surrounds us. Fairytales, folk tales, flora and fauna, we write alternative, original folk with a gothic feel".
A nice surprise for me was that I actually know Advian (Guitars) and Chris (Cajun) and didn't know, or certainly didn't remember that they were part of Honeywitch! Honeywitch are a real festival folk band, it would have been nice to have had a roaring log fire on the go, somewhat impractical for Club-85, just had to make do with the candles!

Honeywitch
https://www.facebook.com/Honeywitch/?fref=ts

So, all in all, a fine eclectic evening, long live Roots 'n Roll.

http://www.club-85.co.uk/

Cheers all
GM
June 2016

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